Business Today - - THE BUZZ - – Manu Kaushik

AIR PAS­SEN­GER traff ic growth has hit a brick wall. With traff ic ris­ing con­sis­tently, air­ports such as Delhi and Mumbai are sat­u­rated, and smaller air­ports are not yet equipped to han­dle the spillover load. Civil Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter Jayant Sinha re­cently an­nounced plans for 100 air­ports ( 70 at new lo­ca­tions, and 30 for ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing air­ports and sec­ond air­ports). In­dus­try ex­perts, how­ever, say that this only proves the lack of fore­sight in an­tic­i­pat­ing air traff ic growth. In metro air­ports, the prob­lem is lack of air­port slots. With re­gional air­ports, the is­sue is largely land ac­qui­si­tion. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, some 12 air­ports are stuck as state gov­ern­ments are yet to ac­quire land for their con­struc­tion.

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