Jammu Govt transfers land to Airport Authority of India for airport expansion

New Delhi: In a significant move, the Jammu and Kashmir government has transferred land to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the expansion of Jammu airport. As per reports, the land to the tune of 974 Kanal has been transferred in village Rakh Raipur, tehsil Jammu South free of cost to the Airport Authority of India under the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016.

The state departments i.e. animal husbandry, irrigation, Public Works Department will be provided budgetary support or compensated with equal land value elsewhere, the government said.  Earlier, the Indian Air Force which controls the Jammu airport had issued a notice for airmen (NOTAM - notice containing information concerning the establishment,) which will lead to removal of 30 per cent load penalty on the airport. This implies that now airlines can fly full load which lead to lower fares and longer destinations by aircraft.

The NOTAM has been issued by Airport Authority of India as they control the airport. The NOTAM involved coordination with Director General Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India. The trigger for change was UT govt of Jammu and Kashmir. Three factors are behind the move including a new governance mindset from the lackadaisical to moving the needle. In addition, market forces have influenced the move as this will improve traveller perception about safety of Jammu and Kashmir.

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