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NEW DELHI: To turn India into an aviation hub by expanding regional and international connectivity, the government on Wednesday decided to operationalise airline hubs at capital Delhi and south Indian Chennai city by the next fiscal year.
An airline policy would be finalised in this regard, Press Trust of India reported.
The policy is being formulated due to fear of loss of outbound air traffic from India to adjoining airports such as Dubai and Singapore.
Under the policy, a series of steps are entailed which include improvement of connectivity and making visa processing easier to enable more passengers to travel from India to destinations in Europe and America.
To further boost aviation infrastructure, the government decided to award three new greenfield projects at Navi Mumbai, Goa and Kannur in the financial year 2013.
By July-end, additional Public Private Partnership projects would be finalised for 10-12 existing airports and for 10-12 greenfield airports which will be awarded during the year Lucknow, Varanasi, Coimbatore, Trichy and Gaya cities are the likely locations where three to four international airports could be declared this year. --BERNAMA