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Jaipur Airport gets international status

    New Delhi: The Government on Thursday granted international status to the domestic airport in Jaipur. With this the number of International Airports in the country has reached fourteen. The international status was granted following a proposal of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, which was supported by the Ministries of Finance, Health, Home Affairs, Environment and Forests, Tourism and Planning Commission. The then Finance Minister while presenting the interim budget for 2004-05 on February 3, 2004 had recommended that the Jaipur Airport should be converted into an international airport to boost tourism in Rajasthan.

    The Jaipur Airport belongs to the Airport Authority of India (AAI). It is one of the 12 modern airports where passenger friendly facilities have been upgraded and modernized by the AAI. Since February 2002, Indian Airlines has been operating international flights from Jaipur to Dubai and Bangkok. The runway length at Jaipur Airport is 9000 feet. The civil apron can accommodate four AB 320 type aircrafts at a time, while the terminal building can accommodate 500 passengers at a time and is equipped with all modern passengers amenities including customs and immigration facilities to handle international chartered flights. There has been a long-term plan for undertaking construction of a new international terminal building, which can cater for about 1000 passengers in an hour. There is also a plan to extend the runway to 12000 feet and construct nine in contact parking stands with aerobridges. With international status being accrued to Jaipur Airport, a substantial increase in aeronautical revenue is expected to be generated because of increase in rates of landing/parking charges and Route Navigational Facilities Charges (RNFC). Besides, more international and chartered flights are now expected to operate through Jaipur Airport now. More wide-bodied jets will also operate which can be considered as an alternate to the Delhi International Airport specifically during winter season and at times of congestion over Delhi. The State Government of Rajasthan had long since recommended giving the Jaipur Airport international status. Declaration of an airport as international depends upon traffic potential and demand from airlines for operation of international flights.

    The following facilities at domestic airport are considered sufficient for declaring it as International Airport: Runway length should be at least 9000 ft; Availability of Ground Lighting Facilities, ILS for operation of aircrafts at night; Requirement/demand for scheduled national/international airline operations; Availability of custom, immigration, health, animal and plant quarantine services; Bilateral agreement between countries under which it may be offered as a point of call to foreign carriers for operations
-Dec 29,  2005

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