The Government has approved the proposal for revival of 50 un-served and under-served airports and airstrips of the State Governments, Airports Authority of India, Civil Enclaves and CPSUs in the three financial years from 2017-18 at an estimated cost of Rs. 4500 crores.
Stating this, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today added that 15 airports and airstrips would be revived during 2017-18 and 2018-19 each and 20 airports and airstrips would be revived during 2019-20.
The minister said the newly approved National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016, has a provision for promotion of regional connectivity by way of revival of un-served and under-served airports and airstrips.
Revival of such airports is “demand-driven”, depending on firm demand from the airline operators and where the State Government agrees to provide various concessions envisaged in the Policy.