The senior officials of Mihan India Ltd (MIL) will be going to New Delhi next month to discuss the proposals to start new flights from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur, with the officials of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The meeting is scheduled on September 14-15 at DGCA headquarters. Sources said, MIL had sent proposals of new flights to DGCA. These proposals would be discussed in detail in the meeting. After deliberations, schedule and timing of new flights would be finalised. It is pertinent to note here that the Nagpur Airport has no direct flights to many prominent cities like Jaipur, Patna, Bhubaneswar to name among a few. TruJet, a domestic airlines co-owned by south India’s megastar Chiranjeevi’s son, was supposed to start new flights to Ahmedabad and Jaipur in July. The firm had obtained night parking permit from the MIL and all the preparations were in full swing to launch two flights from Nagpur. However, due to unavailability of aircraft it could not start operations from Nagpur.
IndiGo and GoAir later started new flights to Ahmedabad. It is learnt that SpiceJet too is planning to start operations from Nagpur. Officials have not disclosed the details of proposals that would be discussed during the meeting.
Efforts are on to improve Nagpur Airport’s connectivity with all the major cities in the country and abroad. Flights under Central government’s ambitious Udaan scheme too will be started. After the modernisation of Airport, number of flights are expected to increase as well. GMR has bagged the contract of modernisation and upgradation of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. The land lease agreement may be tabled before the Cabinet for approval soon. This will be followed by other mandatory processes like obtaining consent agreement, financial closure etc.
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