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11 September 2014

No-Frills Airports To Take Flight

By Sandeep Dikshit

Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh; Kishangarh in Rajasthan; Jharsuguda in Odisha; and Hubli and Belgaum in Karnataka will soon get no-frills airports.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said here on Tuesday that these airports would have all the basic safety and security facilities, but no frills so as to keep capital cost and recurring expenses down.

The bells and whistles associated with metro airports — huge seating areas, food marts, phone-charging kiosks, shopping areas and so on — would be absent.The Minister, however, said they should not be called low-cost airports.

At a press conference to mark 100 days of the Modi government, he ruled out a bailout package for the airline industry, but said the Centre was actively engaged with the States to ensure lower operational costs in the form of reduced taxes.

“This is not a sector that is entitled to subsidies,” he said Mr. Raju said the Centre was in talks with the States to lower the tax on air turbine fuel.

Mr. Raju launched a “Know Your Rights” portal of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in case of inconvenience to passengers due to delayed flights, denial of boarding and lost or damaged baggage.

The DGCA has made special provisions for disabled passengers such as blocking two window seats for them till 24 hours before departure.


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