AIR­LINES AND NEW LOW-COST AIR­PORTS

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The gov­ern­ment is set to al­low air­lines have a greater say while de­cid­ing lo­ca­tions for new no-frills air­ports. This is to en­sure that the Naren­dra Modi Gov­ern­ment’s grand plan of de­vel­op­ing re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity by build­ing low-cost air­ports does not pro­duce dor­mant as­sets. Un­der this plan, air­lines will be asked to sub­mit a de­tailed plan on the vi­a­bil­ity of the lo­ca­tion, fol­low­ing which the Min­istry will con­sult the gov­ern­ment of the state where the air­port will be built. Air­lines will be asked to fur­nish spe­cific de­tails like the ca­pac­ity they want to de­ploy, type of air­craft they will fly and ex­pected oc­cu­pancy lev­els. This will help the Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion de­cide whether the play­ers them­selves are in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing the route. “New air­ports that will be built should be de­mand driven. De­vel­op­ing in­fra­struc­ture with­out know­ing its po­ten­tial does not make any sense,” said Ra­jiv Nayan Choubey, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion. Ac­cord­ing to data pro­vided by Min­is­ter Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju in Par­lia­ment, there are 30 air­ports in the coun­try from which no air­craft took off or landed af­ter these be­came oper­a­tional. In 2014-15 and 2013-14, these air­ports earned a rev­enue of 0.69 crore and 0.40 crore and in­curred an ex­pen­di­ture of 11.13 crore and 12.97 crore, re­spec­tively. Be­side these, there are 25 air­ports termed oper­a­tional that see no flights as air­lines don’t find the lo­ca­tions vi­able.

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