Tuesday, November 19, 2019

150-km radius rule goes for Bidar, but not for HAL

BIAL continues to deny No-Objection Certificate to HAL and Hosur airports, despite taking a decision to start commercial flights to Bidar, which is close to Hyderabad Come December 1, a new destination will be added to the Kempegowda International Airport’s (KIA) domestic routes.
The new route is Bidar to which Tru Jet will start daily flight operations. The Bidar airport incidentally was until recently not allowed to operate commercial flights citing the 150-km radius contractual obligation similar to the ones that Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operator of KIA, has with HAL and Hosur airports.
 The Bidar airport falls within the 150-km radius of Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. However, now despite KIA starting direct flights to Bidar airport it continues to deny a No Objection Certificate to the HAL and Hosur airports to start commercial flights citing the same 150-km radius contractual obligation.
 HAL in particular is keen to revive its airport and has held talks with BIAL to open the airport but there has been no final outcome yet. Meanwhile, the Hosur airport is licensed under the private use category aerodrome by DGCA.
 A couple of years ago, the Tamil Nadu government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to start low-cost air services from Hosur airport under the Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme.
19/11/19 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror
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