Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AAI plans to develop infrastructure at regional airports

New Delhi: With the public-private partnership (PPP) strategy over developing Kolkata, Chennai and Jaipur airports in limbo, Airports Authority of India (AAI) is looking towards regional airports to shore up its non-aeronautical revenue.

The plan is to develop city-side infrastructure in regional airports, with help from private players that will include building of hotels, carparks and other facilities.

RITES - the engineering company under the ministry of railways - will advise it on city-side development of 13 regional airports across the country.
"Thirteen regional airports, holding out promise of generating high revenue, have been identified and work has already started on developing city-side infrastructure," said an official from AAI.

The civil aviation ministry has, however, clarified that maintenance of the terminal building will not be included in the city-side development, ruling out any intent of privatising the airports. The process of identifying the land has already been done at Lucknow and Raipur airports, added the official.
20/01/16 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard
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