'Intl airport-tag will reduce air fare'

 The tag of International airport brings with it several advantages, said Mangalore Airport Director M R Vasudeva.

He was delivering a talk on the growth and development of Mangalore Airport in a programme organised by St Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACCA) at Aloysius College on Friday. The number of passengers flying from Mangalore Airport was 2.7 lakh in the year 2005, while it has rises to 8.5 lakh now after declaring Mangalore Airport as Customs Airport.

The Airport is growing at speed of 10 to 15 percent, but the growth is not substantial when compared to the average growth of airports in the nation which is between 20-25 percent, said Vasudeva.

He also claimed that identifying Mangalore Special Economic Zone (MSEZ) area near the Airport would help in the development of the Airport to a large extent.

“MSEZ and Airport would facilitate for the progress of each other. With the present new terminal, the Airport will not have any difficulty for the next ten years. The proposal for the expansion of the run way is in hand and once the run way is expanded Mangalore Airport will have all credentials to attain the International status,” he stated.

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