Civil Aviation Ministry Working On 4-pronged Strategy To Boost Airports’ Capacity Across India: Jayant Sinha

The Civil Aviation Ministry is working on a four-pronged strategy to enhance capacity of airports across India, union minister, Mr Jayant Sinha said at an ASSOCHAM event.

We have been spending a lot of time thinking and planning about what we should do about airport capacity, we are working on four different aspects, said Mr Sinha.

The Union Minister said that while the Aviation Ministry is simultaneously working on enhancing capacity at major airport hubs of Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, it is als working on developing new green-field and brown-field airports and smaller airports in tier III and IV cities.

We are significantly adding green-field capacity, we are examining brown-field PPP (public private partnership) models for mid-sized airports and we are also looking at very cost effective ways of commissioning and operating smaller tier III and IV heliports, said Mr Sinha.

He also said that second edition of UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme will help India’s civil aviation sector sustain the current 15-20 per cent growth along with various supportive policy measures.

Just like the way we have opened up the tier III and IV airports during UDAN round-1, our expectation is that we will open up all helipads, smaller air-strips in the hilly areas of states like Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and in the north-east, said Mr Sinha.

Adding that it is possible through a supportive set of policy measures to be able to open up more remote locations for air connectivity under second round of UDAN, the Minister said that government expects tremendous support from helicopter operators, NSOPs (non scheduled air operators) and others in this regard.

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