Saturday, August 18, 2018

Gujarat: Joint Venture for Dholera airport likely to take-off in a month

Complications to avail land near city airport for construction of parallel runway has compelled Airports Authority of India (AAI) to form a joint venture with the Dholera authorities. The joint venture, likely to be formed by this week or early next week, will take away a lot of traffic overflow of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) which is witnessing a massive increase day by day.

"We have been wanting to construct parallel runway at Ahmedabad airport to reduce aircraft wait time. If we get a parallel runway, we will be able to save nearly 5-7 minutes per aircraft. However, we need 65 acres more land," AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said.

"Since Dholera is a promising project, we are eyeing on the same with approval of Civil aviation ministry too. We will be forming joint venture with authorities soon," he added. The Dholera airport is planned to be located in the North of the Dholera Specific Investment Region (DSIR) with a total area of 1426 hectares identified for the airport development.
18/08/18 Tanushree Bhatia/DNA

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