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Tuesday, 26 December, 2017, 10 : 30 AM [IST]

AAI plans to add 273 parking bays at 24 airports

As per the Economic Times report, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has firmed up plans to add 273 parking bays at 24 airports to help resolve the impending parking woes of airlines. The capacity enhancement is part of AAI’s INR 20,000 crore infrastructure upgrade plan to be completed over four years. “Domestic airline operators have projected a requirement for 303 additional overnight parking stands at 30 AAI airports in the next five years. Based on the plans shared by airlines, we have planned to construct 273 aircraft parking bays for A321 type of aircraft at 24 of our airports across the country,” said Guru Prasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI. Out of these parking bays, about 82 will come up in the southern India, 70 in east and northeast, 61 in the north and 60 in the western part of the country. The AAI is also going to develop saturated airports and non-metro and regional airports along with modernisation of Air Navigation Services over the next four years, Mohapatra said.

“This will be funded through internal resources and external borrowings,” Mohapatra further said. While IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir have announced plans to induct 350 aircraft into their fleet over a fiveyear period, Vistara and AirAsia India, which have plans to launch international operations next year, have not announced aircraft induction plans yet. Airline officials welcomed the move and said the plan would help Indian aviation grow. “We are seeing unprecedented passenger growth but the capacity is not being able to cope with demand – not just at the runway and parking space levels but even in terms of terminal capacity. While the long-term plan, in terms of airport capacity, will come up at its own pace, the short-term move will help aviation grow,” said an airline executive, who did not want to be identified. Simultaneously, the government is also working on a long-term plan to expand connectivity and meet potential demand by establishing about 100 airports — doubling the current number — in 15 years at an estimated investment of INR 4 lakh crore. Of these, 70 will be locations that don’t have such a facility, while the rest will be second airports or the expansion of existing airfields to handle commercial flights.
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