Saturday, November 04, 2017

Emirates keen to help A.P. build airport at Amaravati

Emirates, one of the world’s finest airlines, is keen to help the Andhra Pradesh government to build a new airport at Amaravati, the State’s new capital in the making.

The State government had recently invited the airline to invest in the construction of a greenfield airport and to set up a hub and MRO facility there.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had also urged Emirates to help build the capacity at the existing airport at Vizag, upgrade it and to operate flights from the coastal city and other places of the state to Dubai.

“We have been welcomed by Andhra Pradesh to assist in the new airport project. We were invited for a visit. I have seen the master plan and it is fabulous,” said Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, vice-president, India & Nepal, Emirates.

“We will be happy to provide inputs and technical expertise to help the State build a great airport. But we will not be investing in the airport. We are keen to help and are evaluating steps, but it all depends on the green signal from the Indian government at the Centre,” he said.
04/11/17 Lalatendu Mishra/The Hindu