New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel has recently informed that Bikaner in Rajasthan will get air connectivity in a year.
The Airport Authority of India (AAI) is not expecting any profit in operations from Bikaner due to low traffic. However, the operations will be part of social commitment of the Centre. Patel added that the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) is committed to start air connectivity to more and more areas of the country.
According to a media report, Patel inaugurated the Nal (Bikaner) Airport last week. VP Agarwal, Chairman, Airport Authority of India was present for the inauguration. The proposed airport will have a 106 metre X 76 metre apron for simultaneous use of two 50-seat aircraft. He said that construction of phase II of Jaipur Airport will start soon. Air connectivity will boost economic activities of the area. MoCA is hoping to operate 100 new airports in the next five years. Patel agreed that the aviation sector is going through a lean phase.
Patel said, "Global recession, hike in Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) and swine flu are responsible for about 30 per cent decline in air traffic in the country this year."