AAI undertakes construction of small airports at five locations in 2014-15

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the construction of small airports at five locations in the country during 2014-2015, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told the Rajya Sabha yesterday.
In a written reply to a question, he said these locations are Hubli and Belgaum in Karnataka, Kishangarh in Rajasthan, Jharsuguda in Odisha and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh. 
Dr Sharma said a task force under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation had been constituted for identification of other locations based on certain broad criteria such as minimum population of 10 lakhs, tourism potential, commercial viability, details of the flight movements in the past, social obligations, and so on.
He said the Government was open to private participation in the process of providing regional and remote area connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III cities through construction of small airports across the country. However, such consideration depends upon various factors such as willingness of the private players, commercial viability, socio-economic responsibility of the Government, support from the concerned State Governments, and so on, he added.

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