Sunday, June 02, 2019

State-run AAI pitches for adding its airports for foreign flights

New Delhi: The state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) wants more of its airports included as point of call in the bilateral discussion for traffic rights with countries in the Middle-East and Southeast Asia.

The public sector agency raised the issue in a meeting chaired by Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola but has failed to get instant positive response with the latter stating that such move would depend on bilateral interest and reciprocity.

"It involves bilateral interest with other countries and need to be examined by the concerned division on case-to-case basis to ensure reciprocity and balance of interests while extending any such concession," Secretary Kharola is learnt to have observed.

An AAI official said that many of its airports have enough capacity to handle more passengers and airlines. He further said that in case of insufficient passenger and cargo traffic, the airport capacity remains under-utilised.

Out of the 27 Indian cities from where international operations are currently being carried out, five cities -- Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi -- account for about 70 per cent traffic.

"The bilateral discussion for traffic rights is done by the government with different countries. While AAI has no role in it we can be part of the discussions as observer," the official added, noting that there was precedence to it.
02/06/19 Outlook
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