The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has urged the Odisha Government to go in for a greenfield airport keeping the growing requirement of the State.
AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra has written a letter to the State Government in this regard while indicating the AAI’s requirement of 1,500 to 2,000 acres of land for such an airport in Bhubaneswar.
Dr Mohapatra during his recent visit to the State had held discussions with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and other senior officials regarding the additional land requirement for the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA).
He had said that for a suitable expansion of the runway for Code-E Aircraft to operate international flights from the BPIA, the AAI requires a minimum of 64 acres of land and also without any obstruction in the approach path.
Once such a patch of land is available, the AAI would be able to undertake extension of the runway with provision of ILS & CAT-I Approach Light.