25 new airports with subsidised flights soon, says Jaitley

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: May 28, 2016 15:51 IST
Union finance minister Arun Jaitely and senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Friday announced that the NDA government would set up 25 new regional airports in different parts of the country in the current financial year. He also said airfare from these regional airports would be subsidised.

“The ministry concerned is preparing a Cabinet note on the proposal for setting up the airports,” Jaitley said.

He regretted that air connectivity was still very poor in the country, with only 80 airports. “The regional airports would be a step towards providing people a better and affordable air connectivity,” he said.

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