Govt to focus on low-cost airports: Ajit Singh

Government would now focus on developing low cost airports to provide air connectivity to remote and interior areas of the country and encourage growth of regional airlines, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said today.

Speaking at the inauguration of Aero India 2013, Asia’s biggest air show that took off here, Singh spoke about significant growth in India in terms of passenger traffic and augmenting of airport infrastructure and said the Government has approved 15 more airports.

During the last 10 years, he said the compounded annual growth rate of passenger traffic in India has remained approximately 15 per cent. Domestic traffic in the next 10 years in India is expected to touch about 180 million passengers per annum and international traffic is likely to exceed 80 million, from the current 60 million and 40 million respectively, he said.