Govt mulls ways to build airports with less land availability
31 airports have become operational because of the scheme and orders have been placed for 100 turboprop aircraft, minister said.
The government is looking at ways to build new airports after factoring in lesser availability of land for such infrastructure projects, amid growing air traffic, according to the civil aviation ministry.
To meet the rising demand, the government plans to invest around Rs 1 lakh crore for the development of airport infrastructure.
However, he did not provide specific details on the proposal.
According to Prabhu, the ministry is working with state governments to be a partner so that land can be provided by them and infrastructure by the central government for greenfield airports.
Air traffic movement grew over 20 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 but airport infrastructure has been unable to match the growing air traffic and number of aircraft, Prabhu said, terming it a "challenge".
On airfares, Prabhu said the prices have come down on a relative basis in the last four years.
Fares have been impacted by rising fuel costs, he said, adding, "fares have come down, but of course that is a relative term because with fuel cost going up".
The minister said that efforts are being made for aircraft manufacturing in India. "This is a Make in India programme because if India needs to buy thousand planes in next few years time only for passengers and then cargo, Make in India makes a commercial sense," he noted.
During his recent visit to the Airbus facility in France, Prabhu had suggested to officials there to explore the possibility of manufacturing planes in India.
The ministry is also examining a proposal to start intra-city helicopter services.
Sinha, on the other hand talking about UDAN scheme, said that 31 airports have become operational because of the scheme and orders have been placed for 100 turboprop aircraft.
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