To accommodate the increasing air traffic, the government has undertaken initiatives to modernise and upgrade the existing airports and develop new greenfield airports, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said on Monday.
“Twelve new greenfield airports are being planned,” Singh said at the 49th conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of Asia Pacific Region. “About 50 non-metro airports are being modernised within the next two years. “Two major airports of New Delhi and Mumbai have been upgraded. Bangalore and Hyderabad airports were commissioned in 2008. New airport facilities are ready for commissioning in Chennai and Kolkata very soon.”
Referring to the controversial carbon tax being imposed by the European Union, Singh said delegates should oppose any unilateral environment measures imposed by a State or group of States. “The call for suppressing aviation growth to reduce its environmental impact is not acceptable. We need to find innovative solutions.Thus, the delegates should oppose measures such as EU-ETS (Emission Trading Scheme).”