No commercial operations at old Bangalore, Hyderabad airports

April 1st, 2008 - 12:11 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Old airports at Bangalore and Hyderabad will not be operational for commercial use for the next 25 years, a top civil aviation ministry official said here Monday. The government reached agreement earlier with the new airport developers that no other airport would carry out commercial operations in these cities for 25 years.

“Going by the agreement, we cannot permit existing old airports at Bangalore and Hyderabad to continue their commercial activities. Instead, these airports are permitted to conduct general aviation, like chartered operations,” he said.

The official added that it would be against the contractual obligation if the government permitted commercial operations at existing airports. Over 500 more chartered aircrafts would fly in India in the next five years, he said.

There has been much hue and cry over the closure of the existing old airports at Bangalore and Hyderabad not only by people but also by the employees of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

The AAI employees even went on a strike earlier this month. But the government expressed its inability to go against the contract with the airport developers.

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