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Govt plans to revise regulatory framework for airports

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New Delhi: The government plans to revise the regulatory framework for airports as well as look at having multiple aerodromes in metros as part of long term efforts to boost capacity amid rising passenger numbers.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha today said the main challenges are airport and airspace capacities.

An appropriate framework for the next 15 to 20 years would be worked out under NABH (NextGen Airports for Bharat) Nirman, Sinha said, adding that capacity needs to be built ahead of demand.

Revising regulatory framework for airports, strengthening of Airports Authority of India (AAI), forging partnerships with states, having multiple airports in metros and boosting air navigation system to manage crowded airspace would be the key aspects under the initiative, he said.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) has been issued for a detailed study to understand the demand and capital requirements for NABH Nirman.

“We have done a lot of preliminary work. We want to have a detailed study city by city… That will give us demand forecast, traffic forecast city by city for major airports, financing requirements,” Sinha told reporters here.

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