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7 more military airports to increase assistance to civil airlines

Decision could add to friction between the Air Force's military requirements, and the AAI's need to provide infrastructure to airlines

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Indian Air Force | IAF | Airports Authority of India

Ajai Shukla 



Air India
The IAF has facilitated working permission and handing over of defence land by the Ministry of Defence to the AAI at seven locations – Bagdogra, Darbhanga, Adampur, Utarlai, Sarsawa, Kanpur and Gorakhpur. Photo representative

The relationship between civil and military aviation is so close that it often goes unnoticed. As many as 23 airports regularly used by civil airlines, are (IAF) or Navy bases. Landing in Pune, Goa, Srinagar or Chandigarh, even frequent fliers seldom realise they are at a military base, even if they notice fighters parked at a distance. Their plane parks in what is called a "civil enclave", where passenger facilities like check-in counters and baggage collection are located.

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First Published: Sat, June 04 2022. 06:04 IST

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