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Govt to develop 160 non-functional airports

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Govt to develop 160 non-functional airports

New Delhi: Presenting the Union Budget 2016-17, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday announced to develop 160 non-functional airports across the country.
“In civil aviation, 160 non-functional airports to be developed at a cost of Rs 50-100 crore each and 10 of 25 defunct airstrips to be developed in partnership with state government,” Jaitley announced in the Lok Sabha.
This development will be a part of a low cost airport plan, Jaitley said.Across India, more than half of the 160-odd domestic-only airports operated by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) have not seen a scheduled flight this year, official data shows, though some are older airports designed primarily for chartered planes.
India’s main hubs, meanwhile, are bursting at the seams, slowing airlines’ ability to expand in a vast country where they should be supporting economic growth.

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