The Centre will set up 50 regional airports over the next three years, according to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. “We estimate about 50 new regional airports to come up in the next three years. Ten of them would be ready by the end of this year,” Gajapathi Raju told BusinessLine newspaper.
Development of regional airports was a key component of the draft civil aviation policy, which suggested levies on airlines to fund creation of new airports in areas not well connected by rail and road such as the North-East as well as popular tourist destinations across the country.
“We are talking to all state governments to provide concessions for these new airports which include low tax on ATF at 1 per cent and elimination of service tax at these airports. Maharashtra could lead the effort with six such airports to be ready in the next one year,” the minister said, according to the report.