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Kerala govt can bid for operating Thiruvananthapuram airport: Jayant Sinha

Civil Aviation minister Jayant Sinha told the Lok Sabha that the Kerala government can be a bidder for the Thiruvananthapuram airport

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Jayant Sinha, Civil Aviation Minister
Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha | File photo

The can bid for operating and managing the airport at the time of leasing out the aerodrome, the Civil Aviation Ministry said Thursday.

The Centre's decision to lease out the airport on basis has been opposed by the

In November, the central government approved leasing out six airports for operation, management and development under These are Airports Authority of India (AAI) aerodromes at Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, and Mangaluru.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation told the Lok Sabha that the can be a bidder for the Thiruvananthapuram airport.

To a query on whether the Kerala government has requested the Centre to re-consider the decision and allow forming a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to run the airport, Sinha replied in the affirmative.

"In response to the same, the government has offered State Government of Kerala to be one of the bidders," the minister said.

Earlier this month, Kerala appealed to the Centre not to lease out the Thiruvananthapuram airport and requested it to entrust the aerodrome's management with the state government.

The six airports are to be leased out through the Appraisal Committee (PPPAC).

"An Empowered Group of Secretaries (EGoS) has been constituted under the chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog to decide on any issue falling beyond the scope of PPPAC," Sinha said in the written reply.

First Published: Thu, December 27 2018. 20:00 IST