Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hyderabad: Begumpet airport incurs huge cost

Hyderabad: Begumpet airport that is counted among the 25 ghost airports in the country incurred an expenditure of Rs 45.84 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 77.72 crore in 2015, making it one of the most expensive airportswith zero commercial operations. The cost is borne by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The expenses were the highest in the financial year 2015-16, as it hosted the Wings India 2018 air show held once in every two years.
After commercial operations shifted from Begumpet to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad in 2008, it entered the club of India’s ghost airports whose expenses are a burden on the Ministry of Civil Aviation.  Currently the airports serves VVIP, Telangana State Aviation flights and also as Air Force cadets’ practice ground, with each entity bearing its own expenses.
It has not handled scheduled flights since 2008 but the staff that has to be paid and depreciation accounted for. The expenses include payment and allowances of the 370-member staff and operations and maintenance of the port. The AAI under the CA (India), for the last financial year paid GVK  facility Rs 67.08 crore for the maintenance of its Air Traffic Control at Shamshabad.
11/08/18 Coreena Suares/Deccan Chronicle