July 25, 2014 (AirportChandigarh.com):The government has planned to develop 200 new airports in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in order to cater to the requirements of people who can afford to fly but do not have an option to travel by air in these towns. The plan to build low-cost new airports will also give a boost to the aviation sector.
Fifty cities have already been identified where such airports will be developed and about Rs. 1500 crores will be spent on these projects. The airports that are currently under the control of Indian Air Force are being considered for operating commercial flights.
The government plans to offer several incentives to encourage airlines to operate flights to smaller towns, including waiving landing charges and night parking charges, based on meeting certain criteria. Some of the airports in Tier 2 cities will be upgraded to international airports as part of the government plans. These airports include Bhopal, Indore and Raipur with more to go international later on.
Several projects are already in the pipeline including new terminal buildings in Mohali (Chandigarh), Tirupathi and upgradation of Jammu airport terminal building. Many more projects are coming up soon in several other towns.