New ministerial panel to advice on aviation hubs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 10, 2013 23:09 IST

The government has approved a proposal received from the aviation ministry for the constituion of an inter-ministerial committee to suggest measures to overcome bottlenecks in the development of aviation hubs at various airports in India.

The six metros with state-of-the-art airports that have been modernised and expanded include Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. “Development of these airports as aviation hubs would boost the growth of airlines and would increase the flow of tourists to India. After the inter-ministerial group submits its recommendations, the government expects to implement them within the shortest possible time, after seeking approval at an appropriate level,” an official said.

A number of bottlenecks have been identified that need rectification. These include liberalising visa norms and extending the visa on arrival facility to as many countries as possible.

“Another impediment is the price of aviation turbine fuel and taxation,” the official said.

 

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