Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hubli airport to get night landing facility

Hubli: The recent wedding of civil aviation minister Praful Patel's daughter with the son of former minister R V Deshpande's son may prove to be a blessing for Hubli airport. It may get night landing facility for wide-bodied aircraft sooner than expected.
During a brief stopover here on his way to Haliyal to attend the wedding reception last weekend, Patel had assured a delegation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the facility will be in place in another fortnight or so. Absence of night landing and take-off facility had prevented private airlines from starting regular flights from Hubli. Airports Authority of India has been entrusted with the job, but the work has been delayed for long.
Enthused by this, Kingfisher Airlines chief Vijay Mallya, who also touched down here while returning after attending the reception, said he will start services linking Hubli with Bangalore and Delhi by November-end.
13/11/06 Times of India
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