Air India integration: most issues completed, Parl told; govt to set up 3 airports in Bihar

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 22 2014, 23:57pm hrs
Air indiaThis information was presented in Parliament on Tuesday by the civil aviation ministry. (AP)
In the integration process of Indian Airlines and Air India, 204 of the 226 issues have been completed while integration is in in progress on 17 issues and five issues are pending in court. This information was presented in Parliament on Tuesday by the civil aviation ministry.

To a large extent, level mapping and seniority merger of the two erstwhile airlines have been completed. The draft revised basic pay and allowances in respect of the different categories of employees of the merged entity have been displayed on the intranet and the same could not be implemented due to on-going court cases, a statement made in the parliament said.

Separately, the civil aviation ministry said that the Government has proposed to set up three new low-cost airports in Bihar at Muzaffarpur, Raxaul and Gaya. While Gaya is an operational custom airport, Raxaul will be a non-operational airport.

The development of an individual airport depends upon many factors such as availability of land, availability of mandatory clearances, environmental clearances, traffic projections, and provision of support services by the State Government. The support services include access road to the airport, water supply, power supply, services of State Police and State Fire Staff, the statement said.

The government has also undertaken development of 35 non-metro airports in the country based on the recommendations of the Task Force and keeping in view the potential for traffic, tourism, business etc.