Hyderabad: Union minister of civil aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday wrote to Telangana Chief Ministers K. Chandrashekar Rao and said the Warangal airport is within a 150-km aerial distance of Hyderabad International Airport Limited(HIAL) and can be developed with mutually agreeable solutions to be explored by the state government.
He requested KCR's personal intervention in expediting various matters to strengthen aviation infrastructure in the state. Mr. Scindia also underscored the issue of operationalization of Warangal airport and its inclusion under regional connectivity scheme (RCS) UDAN.
Mr. Scindia drew KCR's attention to the issue of extension of the period of concession agreement (CA) for Hyderabad International Airport Limited (HIAL). He said the agreement dated 20 December 2004 has been executed between the ministry of civil aviation and HIAL for the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of Hyderabad international airport.
According to a clause in the CA, HIAL has requested to extend its concession period for another 30 years beyond the initial 30 years, i.e. beyond 23 March 2038 and till 23 March 2068. The Union minister requested the state government to re-examine HIAL's request for extension and furnish its recommendations to the ministry of civil aviation.