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Jaipur to get international airport

Jaipur to begin building India's 14th international airport.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 13:44 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Jaipur will get the country's 14th international airport with the central government Thursday approving a move to upgrade the status of the airfield without any additional expenditure.

"Jaipur is to be an international airport. This will offer improved connectivity and wider choice of services to air travellers, boosting both international tourism and economic development of the region," Finance Minister P. Chidambaram announced after a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The cabinet nod came after the Rajasthan government contended that the number of foreign tourists to the state had been steadily rising from 428,437 in 2002, to 628,560 in 2003 and to 971,772 in 2004, and that direct international flights to state capital Jaipur would further boost arrivals.

There has been a "substantial increase" in the number of tourists from countries like Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the US and this warranted direct international flights to Jaipur, the state government said.

The cabinet noted that Jaipur airport's existing 9,000-foot runway could accommodate medium capacity long-range or equivalent aircraft and the necessary lighting, instrument landing systems and night flying capabilities were already in place.

This apart, facilities for customs, health and immigration checks also were in place, the cabinet noted.

India has international airports at New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 13:44 IST