New airport terminal at Ladakh to become functional by Dec 2022: Aviation minister

Ladakh: The new airport terminal in Ladakh is expected to become functional by December next year, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday.  The official statement in this matter reads as follows: ''The new airport terminal at Leh may become operational by December 2022.” The statement was conveyed by Scindia to Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur during a virtual meeting with him to discuss the progress of ongoing and new civil aviation projects for better air connectivity in the region.

He also agreed to the construction of a civil enclosure at "Thoise airport", considered the air lifeline to the world's highest and coldest battlefield, by the Airports Authority of India once land is made available.

Scindia mentioned that a team will shortly visit Ladakh to technically evaluate locations for additional airstrips in Leh. He agreed to look at the possibility of operationalising commercial flights with smaller jet planes to Kargil as an interim solution. The L-G requested the minister for intervention in regulating winter airfares, support in operationalisation of air ambulances and exploring the possibility of night flights to Ladakh.

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