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Air travel to be made affordable: Patel

india Updated: Dec 31, 2006 17:55 IST
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All efforts would be made to make air travel affordable for the middle class and develop airports in small cities to promote tourism, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said on Friday.

After laying the foundation stone of an international terminal building at Sanganer airport in Jaipur, he said the Centre wanted to connect all C and D class cities by air to promote business and tourism.

The flow of tourist would increase with more international air connectivity to Rajasthan, he said.

The work on the first phase of Sanganer airport has already begun after it got the status of an international airport and the second and third phase would start soon, Patel said.

He said international flights would start from Udaipur airport next year.

Patel said his ministry is ready to sign memorandum of understanding with Rajasthan government for development of Kishangarh, Sawaimadhopur and Jaisalmer airports.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje asked the Civil Aviation minister to start new air service between Jaipur and Delhi and re-start the closed air service on Delhi-Jaipur-Jodhpur-Udaipur-Mumbai and Bangkok.

The Chairman of Airport Authority of India K Ramlingam said the proposed international terminal building would be completed in a year.

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