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New guidelines soon for privatisation of airport operations

Somasundaram said the present PPP model, developed during 2005 and 2008, is suitable for airports in metro cities.

October 27, 2014 / 10:00 AM IST

Somasundaram said the present PPP model, developed during 2005 and 2008, is suitable for airports in metro cities.

India has about 130 airports of which 30 are not operational while 56 are with AAI, he said. Of the remaining, some are with various state governments and defence establishments.

According to him, 86 per cent of the traffic is contributed by 6 airports in metro cities and 12 airports in other major cities.

"Five airports have been identified by the ministry to be developed as no-frills airports. AAI has also awarded contracts for those five airports. They will become operational in two years," Somasundaram explained.

The airports, which have been shortlisted from 50 cities and towns in remote areas and various unconnected regions across the country, would come up at Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh), Kishangarh (Rajasthan), Jharsuguda (Odisha), Hubli and Belgaum (Karnataka), Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had said earlier.

first published: Oct 26, 2014 01:01 pm

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