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150 more airports to become operational in the next few years says Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha

 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.


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