Roshan Baig for Increasing Domestic Flights from M’lore
MANGALORE: Minister for Infrastructure Development and Information Roshan Baig on Monday instructed the Mangalore International Airport (MIA) director to initiate talks with private airline operators to increase flights on several domestic routes from Mangalore airport.
He spoke to MIA director J T Radhakrishna while taking stock of developmental programmes initiated at Mangalore International Airport at Circuit House. Baig said the 1.1 km-long stretch exiting from the airport would be concretised at a cost of `11 crore.
“The funds for the project have been released,” he said. Radhakrishna informed media persons that Rs 100 crore worth of developmental works had been initiated at the airport.
If the VAT on aviation fuel is reduced, it is possible to attract more domestic airline carriers to Mangalore, he said. Mangalore Assistant Commissioner Prashanth said steps had been initiated to acquire land needed to extend the runway.
Baig, who is also the Haj minister, took stock of arrangements being made for Haj trips.
Karnataka Haj committee Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shiekh Lateef said a direct flight from Mangalore to Saudi Arabia has been a long-pending demand of the people.
He said Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner had written to the Kerala government inviting Haj pilgrims from Kasargod district to travel through Mangalore International Airport.
District backward classes and minorities welfare officer Sabeer Ahmed was also present at the meeting.