Friday, August 31, 2018

Centre’s Udan could put 3 state airports on the world map

Bangalore : Fasten your seat belts and don’t be surprised if you hear a boarding call for an international flight from a Tier-II city. These are not flights of fancy but they could soon be a possibility as the state government is proposing new routes from where it can operate international flights under the Civil Aviation Ministry’s UDAN scheme for international routes.
So far airports in Tier-1 cities used to be the starting point for international flights. But now airports like Hubballi, Belagavi and also Kalaburagi, which can operate wide-bodied aircraft, could be chosen for international flights under the scheme.
Recently, the Civil Aviation Ministry released the ‘draft scheme document of international air connectivity scheme’, UDAN (International). The Ministry had said that the scheme intends to enhance air connectivity between States and selected international destinations and invited stakeholders to send in their views on the scheme by September 4.
In response to the draft, Karnataka’s Infrastructure Development Department (IDD) will be holding discussions with Civil Aviation Ministry officials in New Delhi on September 1.
31/08/18 Hemanth C S/Bangalore Mirror
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