Thursday, August 31, 2017

Demand for air travel growing: Chief Secretary

Vijayawada:  Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar has exhorted officials of the Infrastructure and Investment (I&I) and other departments concerned to strive to get air connectivity between Vijayawada and Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Rajamahendravaram augmented to cater to a larger number of travellers. In a review meeting on various airport projects under execution on Thursday, Mr. Dinesh Kumar said demand for air travel was growing at such an impressive pace that people flying out of Kadapa increased tremendously. The demand was unmet to a large extent as the airlines were yet to realise the potential offered by Tier II and Tier III towns. Shortage of pilots was another matter of concern.

Mr. Kumar ordered that the construction of three parking bays at the Tirupati airport should be completed by the end of September and expansion of the runway at Rajamahendravaram airport by May 2018. Steps should be taken for speedy construction of the integrated terminal building at the airport in Gannavaram.
31/08/17 The Hindu