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Flights to resume from Chakeri by February ?07

REGULAR FLIGHTS will resume from the Chakeri airport of the city from February 2007. Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Praful Patel informed this during his visit to the city to participate in the 16th foundation day celebrations of Puranchandra Vidyaniketan.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 00:04 IST

REGULAR FLIGHTS will resume from the Chakeri airport of the city from February 2007. Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Praful Patel informed this during his visit to the city to participate in the 16th foundation day celebrations of Puranchandra Vidyaniketan.

Talking to newsmen here on Wednesday, Patel said, “Routine flights of Indian Airlines and other private operators will start from the city from February 2007.”

Giving reasons for the abrupt ending of the Deccan Airlines’ flight within a span of few months of its launch from the city, Patel said, “As the airport is under the control of the Indian Air Force, proper navigation facilities for landing of civil aircrafts were not available.”  Lack of some other necessary facilities at the airport too resulted in the mately suspension of the Deccan flights, Patel added.

Assuring resumption of flights from the city, Patel said all necessary steps were being taken for installation of all the required equipments at the Chakeri airport.

“Private operators will also be roped in to start routine flights from the city on Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other routes,” he said.

Kanpur held a prominent place in the industrial scenario of the State and the country at large and resumption of flights from here had become a necessity. The ministry was pursuing the issue seriously, asserted Patel.

Replying to a query about the straying of an Kuwait Airlines airplane into the ‘no-fly zone’ in the national capital, Patel said, “The matter is being investigated.”

Such incidents happen and efforts were being made to ensure that the same were not repeated, he added.