HAL Wants to Re-Open for Commercial Flights, But They’re Not Getting Clearance From AAI

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Bengaluru: A day after Tamil Nadu proposed Hosur airport for Bengalureans, HAL wants to run full-fledged as an airport. There is Air Station at Belagondapalli village Hosur, Thally Road for Bengalureans. Tamil Nadu has offered to open this for Bengalureans.

Tamil Nadu has proposed Hosur airport for Bengalureans under UDAN(Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme, but there is news coming out HAL doesn’t want to run under any scheme. They want to run as a full-fledged commercial airport, says HAL Officials.

HAL wants the airport to function as a full-fledged one and only then HAL can collect landing charges from the aircraft. In UDAN scheme there is limited only aircraft with or below 80 seats are allowed to operate. Aircraft classified in three categories are allowed to operate – with 20 seats or fewer, with 21 to 80 seats and fewer than 80 seats. And aircraft with 80 seats and less are exempted from paying the landing fee charge at airports.

Airport Authority India (AAI) have already inspected HAL terminal building, An orders were issued to check the electrical fixtures of HAL terminal, air-conditioning, and conveyor systems to make it feasible for repair so that systems at the terminal building can be operationalised.

Since Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) became functional in 2008, HAL has been requesting the ministry of civil aviation to start operations, saying it has been incurring heavy losses after it ceased commercial operation in May 2008.

The problem is there is a concession agreement signed between KIA’s developers and the government, which states there couldn’t be any new airport or existing one can operate commercial flights with a 150-km radius (of KIA in Devanahalli) for the next 25 years.

The HAL airport shows Rs 63.98 crore loss during the 2013-2014 financial year, Rs 44.26 crore during 2014-15 and 2015-16 it incurred losses to the tune of Rs 11.54 crore and Rs 11.79 crore respectively.

News Source: Bangalore Mirror

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