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Air Deccan pushes for low-cost airports

The no-frills carrier in talks with GMR Group and the governments of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka for constructing low cost airports.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 20:40 IST

Leading no-frills carrier Air Deccan on Friday said it was in talks with infrastructure developer GMR Group, the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments for constructing low cost airports.

"We are in preliminary discussion with GMR Group asking them to build low cost airports," Air Deccan Managing Director Capt GR Gopinath told reporters in a video conference from Bangalore.

He, however, clarified that the airline would not be participating financially in the development of such low cost airports.

"We will assure direct daily connections to these places," he said.

Gopinath also said he had approached Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments to build airports for low cost carriers in these states.

"Our officials have met the Andhra Pradesh chief minister and expressed our views on the need for low cost airports and submitted a master plan," he said.

The Andhra government has in principle agreed to develop three such airports in the state.

"Our request to them was to treat it (the airport) as state subject. Within six to 12 months they should be able to put these airports," he added.

A similar proposal was also mooted to the Karnataka government, he said, adding that the airline executives would meet the state government officials in this regard next week.

Gopinath said he also met with Left leader Nilotpal Basu for the revival of Cooch Behar airport, although he has not met the West Bengal chief minister.