Monday, January 18, 2021

Flights from Kurnool airport likely to begin in March: Mekapati

Amaravati: With the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) granting the aerodrome licence for Orvakal airport in Kurnool district, the state government is gearing up to launch the flight operations from March.

Orvakal airport is located on the outskirts of Kurnool town, spread over an area of nearly 1,000 acres, and the launching of flight operations is expected to come as a boon to the development of the region.

The state government has cleared all hurdles to launch the flight operations by constantly following up on the pending clearances with the Centre.

Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had discussed the issue with Union ministers, including Union home minister Amit Shah, during his visits to New Delhi and pushed the process on the fast track.

District minister Buggana Rajendranath had met Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri and top officials in the ministry several times in the last one year and prevailed upon them to grant the permissions.

“The DGCA granted the permission to launch flight operations from Orvakal airport in Kurnool which is a major achievement of our government’s sustained efforts,” said state industries minister Mekapati Gautham Reddy.

He said that the government is planning to inaugurate the airport after finishing the final leg of works in the airport by March. Gautham Reddy said it is the first airport in the southern states that is fully developed by the state government.

18/01/21 Samdani/Times of India

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