NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet gave nod to allocate international airport status to airports in Lucknow, Varanasi, Mangalore, Tiruchirapalli and Coimbatore.
The Civil Aviation Ministry recommended to grant international airport status to Chaudhary Charan Singh airport in Lucknow, Lal Bahadur Shastri airport in Varanasi, Mangalore, Tiruchirapalli and Coimbatore.
Finance Minister P Chidambram said, “All these airports are capable of handling medium capacity-range, long-range type aircraft and are also equipped with facilities for night operations.” This statement cam after meeting of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
The airports have been upgraded to the international standards and the announcement may offer impetus to domestic or global tourism.
Reports suggest that there are 454 airports and airstrips in India, out of which the state-run Airports Authority of India
(AAI) owns and manages 97 airports and 28 civil enclaves at defence airfields.