Civilian aircraft may cruise into defence airspace

This could not have come at a better time. Airline passengers facing erratic flight schedules and inordinate delays may get some respite with the government planning to allow civilian airlines to use defence airspace and airport infrastructure.

The civil aviation ministry has signed an agreement with the defence ministry for building synergies between defence and civilian airports. The broad proposal is to maximise the air space utilisation in the Indian skies. The agreement will enable the domestic carriers to use defence airfields when not in use. The two ministries have carved out five zones ā€” North, South, East, West and Central ā€” to facilitate cooperation among them.

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