Sunday, September 17, 2006

Private airlines still prefer HAL Airport

Bangalore: Some leading private airline operators have called upon the state and central governments to re-examine the decision to close the HAL Airport to commercial traffic once the Devanahalli airport becomes functional.
They contend that not only many global cities have more than one airport, certain flights are best operated out of a facility closer to the city. Capt. G R Gopinath, Air Deccan MD, has confirmed that he is in talks with the government.
One of the hurdles to keeping HAL Airport open is the commitment given to Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) that no other international airport would be approved within a radius of 150 km of the new airport.
17/09/06 Sujit John & Darlington Jose Hector/Times of India
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