The Karnataka government has begun the process of acquiring 156 acre required for the expansion of runway of the Mangalore Airport.Extending the runway from the present 8,000 m by about 1,000 m has been a pre-requisite for according the international tag.
The Civil Aviation Ministry has decided to refer the matter of irregularities in the construction of the new terminal building at the Charan Singh Airport, Lucknow, to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has disbanded the Aircraft Acquisition Committee as it was under the pressure from the airline industry and in the face of criticism about delays in inducting new aircraft. The six-member AAC, headed by the Additional Secretary in the Ministry, was vested with the power of clearing aircraft purchases for existing airlines as well as deciding on proposals for those wanting to enter the domestic industry.
To boost connectivity to remote areas in the country, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry has decided to scrap most airport charges at tier II and tier III cities for scheduled airlines. Airlines will be exempted from landing charges, parking charges and navigation charges. The government has also decided to do away with the passenger service fee, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has said.
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry is likely to send a note this week to the Cabinet Secretariat, seeking a post-facto approval for the seat-sharing pact between Etihad Airways and Jet Airways where India offered an additional 36,670 seats on flights between the two countries over the next three years. The bilateral agreement was signed on the same day in April when the Jet-Etihad deal was announced.
The governments of Punjab and Haryana are yet to agree over naming the jointly developed airport in their common capital Chandigarh since the last five years. The international airport is being developed by the two states in partnership with the Centre. The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has recently suggested a common name, which both the governments are yet to accept.
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry is soon to decide on allowing airlines to fly Airbus 380s into the country. The Ministry had scheduled a meeting on the matter on October 23. The notice of the meeting said that issues related to availability of infrastructure at Indian airports to support Airbus 380s operations and similar issues will be discussed.