Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Civil Aviation
31-August-2012 13:36 IST
Civil Aviation Minister Directs AAI not to Undertake Construction work at Jaipur Airport for Runway Extension During Day time to Avoid Flight Disruptions
Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Ajit Singh has directed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) not to undertake proposed construction work for runway extension at the Jaipur Airport during the day time in the winter season. In a letter to the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Shri Ashok Gehlot, Shri Singh has assured that the work on extension and strengthening of the runway at the Jaipur Airport has been tentatively planned to be taken up at night hours only during the next summer schedule to ensure minimum disruption of flights. Shri Singh clarified in his letter that the proposal of the AAI to close the runway from 1100 to 1800 hours during winter schedulehas beenreviewed and not approved.

The Airports Authority of India had decided to close the runway at the Jaipur Airport during winter schedule for taking up construction work relating to extension and strengthening of the Airport. Shri Gehlot in a letter to Shri Singh had requested to get the matter examined stating that the work planned for two years starting from October 2012 everyday will have severe and crushing impact on tourism in Rajasthan. The decision was also opposed by various tourism associations in the State. Members of Parliament from the State had also written and met Shri Singh with a request to review the decision.