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About 15 new greenfield airports coming soon

Giving a push to aviation infrastructure development, Government is planning to build 10-15 greenfield airports and modernising 50 others in the non-metro cities over the next few years.

'About 50 non-metro airports are being modernised within the next two years and overall 10-15 new greenfield airports are being planned,' civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said after inaugurating the 49th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation [DGCA], Asia Pacific Regions in New Delhi.

 The Conference with the theme ‘Managing Air Transport Growth in the Asia Pacific Region through a Collaborative Approach to Safety, Security and Sustainability’ will contuinue till 12th October.

Maintaining that the civil aviation sector in India was witnessing an annual growth of nine per cent, he said, 'We expect a double digit growth in air traffic in the next few years. The huge middle class is growing, trade is growing and India should achieve at least six per cent GDP growth now. ‘

Earlier addressing the conference, he said the government had initiated a major process of modernising existing airports and developing greenfield ones 'through a mixed strategy of public sector, private sector, joint ventures and public- private partnership' to accommodate the growing air traffic.


Refuting claims of a section of Air India pilots regarding delayed salary payments, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh on Monday said that they were getting their dues on a regular basis. ‘Their salaries may be a few months late, but for many months they are getting paid regularly. They are being paid salaries regularly for the past five-six months. They are being paid every month now,’ Singh said.

A senior ministry officer later claimed the salary backlog had been cleared till August. The minister was replying to questions raised by the ICPA comparing their financial condition with those of Kingfisher employees.    
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