We are looking at sharing of airspace with civil aviation. In three months, trials can begin at airports like Hyderabad and Bangalore where there is heavy traffic. We can expand the airspace by 15 to 20 per cent, Chief of Air Staff S Krishnaswamy told reporters here on Monday.
He said air traffic controllers of the Air Force and civilian side would sit together to work out the finer details on the flexibility of airspace management.
Stating that small countries like Singapore and South Africa had increased air traffic considerably through such an exercise, he said a lot of airspace was lying unutilised, and can be used to enhance civilian air traffic.
Director general of civil aviation Satinder Singh said substantial progress had been made on this front but declined to give details on grounds of security.