Tuesday, September 25, 2018

'With Pakyong, India has 100 airports connected by regular scheduled flights'

The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Tuesday said the country has 100 aerodromes connected by regular scheduled flights after the inauguration of Pakyong airport in Sikkim.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the Pakyong aerodrome, where commercial flight operations are set to start from October 4. After the inauguration, Modi had said that after Independence the country had only 65 airports till 2014, taking an apparent dig at the Congress. In the last four years, the government has built 35 airports, he had said. Modi-led BJP government came to power in 2014.

Against this backdrop, the ministry said that with the inauguration of Pakyong airport, the country now has 100 airports connected by regular scheduled flights.

Evidently, not all these airports were benefitting the general public. Out of these, only 67 airports were connected by regular flights of scheduled airlines, it said in a series of tweets. “In the last four years, the number of airports connected with scheduled flights (and thus benefitting general public) has gone up from 67 to 100 airports,” the ministry said.
25/09/18 PTI/Business Line
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