An official press release has said the Adani group is to take over the operations, management and development of the airports at Mangaluru, Lucknow and Ahmedabad from the Airport Authority of India AAI from October 31, November 2 and November 11 respectively. A Memorandums of Understanding has been signed between the Aviation Ministry and the three entities of the Adani group to provide services like customs, immigration and security at the prior mentioned three airports.
The Six international airports at Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati has been privatised by the Central Government in February 2019. A formal bidding process was made and after a severe competition Adani Enterprises won the rights to run all of them. The AAI press release has said, "The AAI and concessionaires of Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru airports will be completing conditions precedents as prescribed in the concession agreements and the concessionaires will be taking over the operations, management and development of airports as under: Mangaluru airport : 31.10.2020; Lucknow airport : 02.11.2020; Ahmedabad airport : 07.11.2020".
The Union Cabinet had approved the proposal for leasing out three airports – Mangaluru, Lucknow and Ahmedabad – to Adani Enterprises in July 2019 and the approval for the remaining three was given in August 19. At the AAI headquarters, Ministry of Civil Aviation has signed three MoU's with Adani Ahmedabad International Airport Limited, Adani Lucknow International Airport Limited and Adani Mangaluru International Airport Limited. The MoU's has been signed in connection with provision of services i.e. customs, immigration, plant and animal quarantine, health, MeT (meteorological data) and security (collectively called as Reserved Services). For Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Systems for Air Traffic Management CNS/ATM services in these airports three separate agreements has been signed with AAI.