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Amausi airport to be revamped

UNION CIVIL Aviation Minister Praful Patel said here on Sunday the airport in Lucknow was among the top 10 airports out of 35 non-metro airports chosen for modernisation on a priority basis.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 01:24 IST

UNION CIVIL Aviation Minister Praful Patel said here on Sunday the airport in Lucknow was among the top 10 airports out of 35 non-metro airports chosen for modernisation on a priority basis.

Work on modernisation of Amausi airport would commence in 2007 and would be completed within a year, he added.

“The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has started working on a decentralisation plan which will enable direct flights from many domestic and international destinations connecting directly to Lucknow in the next two years,” Patel told a gathering of intellectuals, film stars and senior government officials at a function organised by the All India Minorities Forum for Democracy.

Patel was here on an invitation of Dr Ammar Rizvi, president of the All India Minorities Forum for Democracy. Film actress and former Rajya Sabha MP Shabana Azmi and actor Farooq Sheikh also attended the function. Addressing the gathering, Patel said the Civil Aviation Ministry was working on a novel concept of “regional feeder” airlines that would enable 80-seater capacity aircraft or those with less passenger load capacity to fly to Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Kanpur in future.

Patel said that the Amausi airport in Lucknow was a ‘low density airport’ and its connectivity with various cities in various parts of the world would be increased over a period of time.

Dr V P Masih, principal of Lucknow Christian College, read out a memorandum prepared by the All India Minorities Forum For Democracy to the minister. The memorandum among other things demanded direct flights to Riyadh and re-naming of the Amausi airport after Nawab Wajid Ali Shah.

A total of 25,000 Haj pilgrims flew to West Asia every year. It was imperative that Lucknow had more direct flights to many other cities in West Asia, the memorandum said.

Former MP and actress Shabana Azmi while admitting that the good work being done by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry would help provide better civil aviation infrastructure to Uttar Pradesh, said: “The people of Uttar Pradesh have already provided you a wish list of what they want from the Union Civil Aviation Ministry.”