aaI will cre­ate ca­pac­ity de­spite present slow­down in traf­fic

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com­ment­ing on the slug­gish air cargo traf­fic fig­ures in 2012-13 for both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tion at In­dian air­ports, DP Singh, ED (Con­sul­tancy & Co­or­di­na­tion and Cor­po­rate Plan­ning & Man­age­ment Ser­vices) main­tained that th­ese showed the im­pact of over­all eco­nomic slow­down. In this fi­nan­cial year, in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic cargo traf­fic de­creased by 4.2 and 3.4 per cent re­spec­tively. About the growth in 2013-14, he said, “If we an­a­lyse the present trends, we can see an­other year of neg­a­tive re­sults. How­ever, I am con­fi­dent that our air­ports will be able to give the re­quired push to the fig­ure as soon the mar­ket im­proves.” Mean­while, the AAI has chalked out sev­eral plans to de­velop the air­port in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try, in­clud­ing air cargo in­fra­struc­ture. “AAI will con­tinue its in­fra­struc­ture ini­tia­tives, ir­re­spec­tive of present mar­ket sce­nario. Al­ready the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion has given in-prin­ci­ple ap­proval to 15 more new air­ports across the coun­try. In ad­di­tion, site clear­ance has been given for five more air­ports,” he pointed out. Th­ese air­ports will be built jointly by AAI and pri­vate play­ers.

DP Singh

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