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No of airports may double; existing hanger capacity will increase:Jayant Sinha

A push for regional connectivity may increase the number of functional airports in the country to 150-200 from 75 in the next few years, Union minister Jayant Sinha said on Friday.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2016 20:50 IST
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The government had in June this year announced its civil aviation policy.
The government had in June this year announced its civil aviation policy.(Hindustan Times)

A push for regional connectivity may increase the number of functional airports in the country to 150-200 from 75 in the next few years, Union minister Jayant Sinha said on Friday.

The minister of state for civil aviation, also said, existing airports may get upgraded and modernised with an expected investment of Rs 15,000-17,000 crore by the Airports Authority of India.

“We have thrown open the sector and we are creating a regional aviation market. As a result of this, we may have 150-200 airports into our aviation network in the next few years,” Sinha said.

“We are massively expanding our ability to add airports and strengthen our airport infrastructure through our PPP mode policy for greenfield airports,” he said.

“There is going to be a massive increase in airports capacity in the country,” Sinha added.

The government had in June this year announced its civil aviation policy.

“These transformational policies have resulted in the dramatic growth in aviation sector. We are growing over 20 per cent a year, which is extraordinary. No other aviation market in the world is growing in the double digit except India and China,” the minister said.

He said these while speaking at a seminar ‘DISHA 2016’ in New Delhi organised by the Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) arm of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).