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With 200 low-cost airports on the agenda of the Government, Indian aviation is all set to rise meteorically. Recently, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, India, declared the plan to build 200 low-cost airports in tier II and III cities across the country in the next 20 years, in order to expand the air travel network and improve air connectivity countrywide. Ashok Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, addressed the media on the first day of India Aviation 2014 in Hyderabad.

Operations costs and service fees at the metro airports are immensely high, which the people of smaller towns cannot afford. It pushed the Civil Aviation Ministry to take the initiative to set up no-frill airports with basic infrastructure like that of major railway stations. Air traffic of the non-metro airports in India is expected to rise from 30% to 45% in the coming few years. The Airport Authority…

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