More than 150 more operational
airports would come up across India in coming few years including three
airports in Jammu and Kashmir, said Union minister Jayant Sinha, during his
visit to Srinagar on December seventh.
The Aviation industry in India Sinha said would soon be one of the biggest
sectors in India, and it is already fetching revenue almost equal to Indian
Railways and Telecom Industry.
The minister also announced that night landing facilities at Srinagar
airport will come up soon and direct international flights from Srinagar to
Dubai and Kaula Lampur would be operational within six months.
In an attempt to boost domestic tourism sector in Valley, Sinha said that
direct flights to cities like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata from
Srinagar would also be made operational.
Sinha was talking to young entrepreneurs in Srinagar at a function
organized by Foundation for Resource Development and Education led by BJP
leader Khalid Jehangir. Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Haseeb Drabu also
addressed the gathering.
The government is also planning to set up a highly specialized cargo
facility at Srinagar airport to significantly increase storage of fresh flowers
and fruits. The facility will come up soon the minister said. A pilot training
institute and helipads at distant tourist destinations within the state are
also in pipeline.
Mr Sinha said the present government has constructed 25 new airports adding to 75 airports
operational during the UPA regime.
We are aiming at around 150 to 200 operational airports in coming years.
Right now our airlines fly 500 airplanes, which will increase to 2000 planes.
Airlines operators have already placed firm orders for 935 more planes,"
Sinha informed, adding, "Turnover of our airlines is around Rs 1.8lakh
crore which is equal to Indian railways and telecom industry of the country.