No proposal to construct airport at Shimla

May 02, 2016 14:05 |

Union civil Aviation Minister Dr  Mahesh Sharma told Shimla Member Parliament Virender Kashyap that there is no  proposal of the Government of India  to construct airport of international capacity in Shimla or near Shimla so as to connect Himachal Pradesh capital with air service. He told Shimla Member Parliament Virender Kashyap that  Shimla airport is an operational airport and presently non scheduled flights operate to and from Shimla. However, there are no scheduled aircraft operations at Shimla Airport since October 2012 due to various operational, topographical and security constraints including reduction in basic strip of runway length due to hilly terrain, inadequate runway end-safety area, absence of Viability Gap Funding by the State Government, etc.  He told that Airports Authority of India has completed runway recarpeting work and has undertaken widening of runway including prevention of soil erosion to make the Airport fit for operation of ATR-42 type of aircrafts. However, flight operations in domestic sector are guided by the Route Dispersal Guidelines (RDG) issued by the Government and it is upto the airline operators to provide air services to specific places depending upon the traffic demand and commercial viability and their company policy the Minister told Shimla Member Parliament Sh Virender Kashyap