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Hyderabad a new aviation hub

The 5500-acre GMR Hyderabad airport located away from the city of Charminar is fast emerging as an aviation hub of India as well as South Asia.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2010 22:10 IST
Lalatendu Mishra

The 5500-acre GMR Hyderabad airport located away from the city of Charminar is fast emerging as an aviation hub of India as well as South Asia.

Having establishing an airport of international repute, chairman GM Rao and his team are rapidly transforming this arid land into a huge complex that would contain almost every aspect of aviation and aerospace engineering.

This would make it a one of its kind destination in India in around three years. The Hyderabad airport was last week named as the world’s best airport in the category of 5 to 12 million passengers per annum by the Airports Council International.

The complex already houses the Rs 2,920-crore international airport and a cargo division with annual handling capacity of 1 lakh metric tonnes. It will soon have an aerospace park, an MRO facility and a pilot training academy for which agreements have already been signed.

The Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility in a joint venture with Malaysian Aerospace Engineering for Boeing and Airbus planes is set to be operational by April 2011. Jet Airways has already committed to send 100 aircraft to this facility for routine check and heavy maintenance. SpiceJet has also signed a deal to use this facility.

This MRO is eyeing overseas carriers located within five-and-a-half hours’ flying distance, such as Middle East and Turkey apart from airlines in neighbouring countries.

The flight-training academy in collaboration with Malaysia’s Asia Pacific Flight Training is scheduled for commissioning by October, 2010, senior GMR officials told Hindustan Times.