Friday, March 08, 2019

New flights to link four more cities by month-end

Bhopal: The state capital is likely to be connected with four new cities by March-end. The new cities which are to be connected with Bhopal airport are Pune, Kolkata, Patna and Lucknow. Bhopal division commissioner Kalpana Shrivastava said a meeting was organised on Thursday where airport officials, airlines, collector Sudham Khade, flyers online campaign SBFAC representatives were present.

The meeting also discussed reduction of VAT on ATF. At present, there is a VAT of 25% on ATF in the state. The need to make Bhopal as a cargo hub was also discussed in the meeting. Officials said it was suggested that customer clearance for cargo should be done in Bhopal. At present, it is done in Mumbai and other airports.

Commissioner Shrivastava said several issues were discussed for Bhopal airport. SBFAC urged that there is a need to connect Bhopal with Pune, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna and Khajuraho. SBFAC member Tushar Kulkarni said the proposal to make Bhopal airport as international was also discussed. Shrivastava will take up matters of direct flights to Pune, Lucknow and international sectors with DGCA and Air India CMD. She assured to provide police patrolling outside the airport in the late evening. She advised airlines to make arrangements for handling cargo at reasonable rates.

Meanwhile, the Union cabinet on Thursday approved the Airports Authority of India's (AAI) proposal to surrender its claim on 106.76 acres of land which has been “encroached” upon by the Madhya Pradesh government in Bhopal.
Director of airport Anil Vikram said the state government has handed over 96.56 acres of land, which is adjacent to the existing land of Bhopal airport, and can be utilised by the AAI for aviation purposes. “The remaining 10.20 acres (approximately) of land will be handed over by the government to AAI,” said Vikram.
08/03/19 Times of India