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Jaipur airport to get international status
[December 28, 2005]

Jaipur airport to get international status

(The Times of India)NEW DELHI: The Capital's saviour during those bad weather days is finally getting its due. Jaipur airport - which doubles up as an alternative landing site every winter for most Delhi-bound international flights that are diverted due to thick fog - is now being given international airport status.

The government has moved the cabinet note according international status to Jaipur's Sanganer airport, which will ensure that adequate customs and immigration facilities are set up there to facilitate global travellers.

"The cabinet is expected to take up the proposal at a meeting on Thursday," sources said. "While Indian Airlines already operates an international flight out of Jaipur, the airport does not have the infrastructure and facilities to cater to the rush of diverted international flights every winter.

With this move, the airport is being upgraded to handle planes like the Boeing 747 and adequate customs and immigration counters are being set up for the purpose," the source pointed out.

An airport should have a minimum runway length of 11,000 to 12,000 feet, and be capable of 24-hour operations with adequate approach lighting, to be declared an international airport. "The upgradation is underway.

International airport status will also help Jaipur in being prepared to handle the rush of diverted international airlines every winter.

Besides, with Jaipur being a preferred destination among foreign tourists, increasing its connectivity with the rest of the world will only help increase arrivals," the source added.

Besides taking a fraction of the flight load off Delhi airport, the move will also open up Jaipur to global chartered flights.

Facilities at Jaipur airport would be upgraded in line with airports at the four metropolitan cities, besides Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Amritsar and Guwahati.

Jaipur will be the 15th international airport after Srinagar and Pune were accorded the status recently in line with the demand from overseas visitors.

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