International airports ‘ve competition on runway

Cities located within 150 km of an international airport may be allowed to construct their own airports. The government is planning to relax the minimum distance norm for constructing domestic airports near an international airport.

The move may allow cities close to an international airport like Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad to have their own domestic airports. The current policy prohibits construction of any new airport within the radius of 150 km of an existing international airport.

“The new guidelines would encourage development of multiple airports in the larger metropolitan regions. This will help in meeting the air transport requirement of different market segments within these regions,” a civil aviation ministry official said.

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