Aviation Ministry to current proposal on ‘further’ airport privatisation to Cabinet on Wed: Puri

New Delhi, August 18

The Ministry of Civil Aviation will place a proposal for “further” privatisation of airports earlier than the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated on Tuesday.

In the primary spherical of privatisation below the Narendra Modi dispensation, the airports in Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati had been cleared for operation, administration and growth by way of public-private partnership (PPP) mannequin in February 2019.

Subsequently, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had in September 2019 advisable the Civil Aviation Ministry to privatise airports in Amritsar, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Indore, Raipur and Trichy.

Puri, throughout a webinar on Tuesday, stated: “We are going to the Cabinet tomorrow for further airport privatisation. We have got many more airports lined up, dozens of them, and the 100 new airports we will build between now and 2030.”

The AAI, which works below the Ministry of Civil Aviation, owns and manages greater than 100 airports throughout the nation.

In 2018, the federal government had determined to privatise the airports in Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati.

Adani Enterprises had gained the rights to run these six airports after a aggressive bidding course of in February 2019.

Adani Enterprises signed the concessionaire settlement with the AAI for 3 airports — Ahmedabad, Mangaluru and Lucknow — on February 14, 2020.

The aviation sector has been hit laborious as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. After a spot of two months as a result of coronavirus-triggered lockdown, India resumed home passenger flights on May 25, albeit in a curtailed method. International passenger flights proceed to stay suspended within the nation. PTI

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