#RajyaSabha Question #2583
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF CIVIL AVIATION RAJYA SABHA QUESTION NO 2583 ANSWERED ON 22.12.2015
About International flights operation from M.P.
Will the Minister of CIVIL AVIATION be pleased to satate :-
- (a) the number of airports under Airport Authority of India in Madhya Pradesh;
- (b) the number of airports out of them proposed to be granted international status and action taken in this regard;
- (c) the airports which have been upgraded to international standard; and
- (d) the time by which international flights would be started from the State after upgradation of airports?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CIVIL AVIATION - (Dr Mahesh Sharma)
(a) Airports Authority of India (AAI) owns and maintains eight airports in Madhya Pradesh including Civil Enclave (CE) at Gwalior. Out of them, five airports at Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Khajuraho and Gwalior (CE) are operational airports and Panna, Satna and Khandwa are non-operational airports.
(b) & (c) Grant of international status to an airport depends upon the traffic potential and the demand from airlines for operation of international flights as well as the availability of the facilities like adequate Runway length to cater to medium capacity long-range aircraft or equivalent type of aircraft, scope for extending the runway length further as per future requirements like for Airbus A330, availability of Ground Lighting Facilities and Instrument Landing System for operation of aircraft at night and availability of Customs, Immigration, Health and Animal & Plant Quarantine services. Bhopal, Indore and Khajuraho airports in Madhya Pradesh have already been upgraded to international standards. Further, development and upgradation of airports is a continuous process which is undertaken by AAI from time to time depending upon land availability, traffic demand, commercial viability, technical feasibility, etc.
(d) Indian carriers are free to mount services from any point in India to foreign destinations as per the respective bilateral air service agreements. However, actual operations are always guided by its commercial judgement.