The mood was upbeat for the HAL at Aero India. The HAL Ozar Airport in Nashik has received the Director General Civil Aviation licence for operating the airport for both civil and military aircraft. DGCA Arun Mishra handed over the DGCA Licensing certificate for the Airport to HAL Chairman RK Tyagi at the Aero India 2013.
It will be a more comfortable option for Mumbai which has Ahmedabad as the support airport currently. In another positive announcement HAL Chairman RK Tyagi was optimistic that by the next round of Aero India, some useful solution on opening the HAL airport again would have been found. He said that the matter had been already discussed with the civil aviation authorities, and they had responded positively to the idea.
Since existing regulations don’t allow two airports within a distance of 150 km from each other, the government would work around this, he added. There is a possibility that Bangalore’s old airport may again be opened for commercial operations, mainly for shorthaul passenger flights.
“Nowhere in the world was the existing airport closed down to make way for a new one,” Tyagi said. He added that BIAL had reached its peak annual capacity of 12 million passengers, and a second airport would not hurt its interests.
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