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'Massive civil aviation plans for UP'

Lucknow would soon be on the international aviation map in a big way with a massive Rs 300 cr expansion-cum-modernisation plan.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 17:52 IST
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The Uttar Pradesh capital would soon be on the international aviation map in a big way with a massive Rs 300 crore expansion-cum-modernisation plan for Amausi airport in the pipeline, Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel has announced.

The plan was under active consideration and could start any day, the Minister told reporters on Sunday night.

Mr Patel said the Lucknow airport, which presently has international flights to Sharjah/Dubai only, would have more to and fro international flights from next year. The process for bringing Amausi airport of Lucknow on international aviation map and modernisation of the airport would go on simultaneously, he said.

"We have identified some problems at Lucknow airport like too much of fog hence delay in flights during the winters and these would be addressed soon to give upgraded status to it," the Minister said.

Significantly, Lucknow airport is among the ten airports of the country where the massive expansion and modernisation would be taken up. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already given green signal to the plan.

Varanasi and Kanpur airports of Uttar Pradesh are also in the list of up-gradation and the Centre proposed to spend Rs 200 crore and Rs 70 crore respectively. The design for Varanasi airport was already in hand, Mr Patel said.

The commencement of long distance international flights from Lucknow is part of the government's policy to decongest and decentralise operations from Mumbai and Delhi airports. The international flights from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai are also part of this bigger aviation design.

The Civil Aviation Minister, in reply to a question, said the new aviation policy was on the anvil and would be out any time now.

The new policy would have a slew of concessions for aircraft with the capacity of less than eighty passengers. The concessions would include relaxation in tariffs for parking, navigation routes and landing, he said.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation sector, which is in for massive fleet expansion, has been targeted to have at least one thousand aircraft by 2012 from the present fleet of just 225 aircraft.