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WASHINGTON: The US Trade and De­vel­op­ment Agency has signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia to sup­port a 20-year mas­ter plan aimed at ex­pan­sion of op­er­a­tional ca­pac­i­ties of the Kolkata and Lucknow international air­ports, an of­fi­cial said on Wednesday.

Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (AAI) selected Cincin­nati- based Lan­drum & Brown (L&B) com­pany to con­duct the mas­ter plan­ning, which will in­cor­po­rate sus­tain­able and en­vi­ron­ment- friendly ways to ac­com­mo­date the an­tic­i­pated in­crease in de­mand at two of the fastest grow­ing air­ports in AAI'S net­work, US Trade and De­vel­op­ment Agency (USTDA) said.

"We are pleased to sup­port this im­por­tant project that will sup­port In­dia's rapid avi­a­tion growth, while con­nect­ing US busi­nesses with new ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties," said Thomas R Hardy, USTDA'S Act­ing Direc­tor.

Un­der the Us-in­dia Avi­a­tion Co­op­er­a­tion Pro­gramme, USTDA has sup­ported a num­ber of sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at help­ing the In­dia's grow­ing avi­a­tion mar­ket.

As the world's ninth largest avi­a­tion mar­ket, In­dia's civil avi­a­tion sec­tor is on a high growth tra­jec­tory, poised to be the third largest na­tional mar­ket by 2020 and, po­ten­tially, the largest by 2030.

This project will ad­vance In­dia's pri­or­i­ties of ex­pand­ing ca­pac­ity at two of the busiest air­ports in the coun­try, it said.

Mark A Per­ry­man, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer L&B, said his com­pany was look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to as­sist AAI in de­vel­op­ing their long-term mod­erni­sa­tion plans for Kolkata and Lucknow International Air­ports and bring­ing the best in class and tech­nolo­gies to solve com­plex is­sues at these vi­tal trans­porta­tion hubs.

Vir­ginia-based USTDA is an in­de­pen­dent agency of the US govern­ment. Es­tab­lished in 1961, the agency pro­motes eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and US com­mer­cial in­ter­ests in de­vel­op­ing and mid­dle in­come coun­tries.

The Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia or AAI un­der the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion is re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing, up­grad­ing, main­tain­ing and man­ag­ing civil avi­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture in In­dia. It pro­vides Air traf­fic man­age­ment (ATM) ser­vices over Indian airspace and ad­join­ing oceanic ar­eas.

It also man­ages a to­tal of 125 Air­ports, in­clud­ing 18 International Air­ports, 7 Cus­toms Air­ports, 78 Do­mes­tic Air­ports and 26 Civil en­claves at Mil­i­tary Air­fields.

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