Tuesday, November 06, 2018

AAI says won’t exit Vizag airport

New Delhi: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) reiterated on Monday that it will not cease flight operations from Vishakhapatnam airport even after the proposed Bhogapuram airport nearby is ready.

The AAI has appealed in a letter to the Andhra Pradesh Airport Development Corporation Limited (APADCL) that bidders for the proposed airport should be informed about AAI’s decision “so as to avoid complications in the future”.

The APADCL has received seven bids for the new greenfield airport at Bhogapuram as part of the tendering process that was started afresh in July. Government entities were barred from bidding, after AAI emerged as the winning bidder in a previous tendering procedure that was cancelled.

In August, the AAI had written to APADCL informing it of its decision to not shut Vishakhapatnam airport, situated 40 km from the new greenfield airport, as it had already incurred a huge expenditure on developing and expanding it. The airport is operated as a civil enclave from naval airbase, INS Dega. The AAI also told the Andhra authority that it supports the development of second airports in cities so that there is competition to provide passengers better services.
06/11/18 Jagriti Chandra/The Hindu
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