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Government of India
Ministry of Civil Aviation
21-July-2014 16:26 IST
Kargil Airport To Be Expanded

Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara informed the Lok Sabha today that the Government has planned to expand the Kargil Airport to enable operations to all major transport aircraft. The Kargil Airport belongs to the State Government of J&K and was leased to Airports Authority of India (AAI). AAI has transferred the operational control and maintenance to Indian Air Force (IAF). Presently, the Runway dimension is 6000 ft X 100 ft (1829M X 30M) and the Terminal Building has the capacity to handle 100 peak hour passengers at a time. The airport is equipped with proper facilities for civil air operations. However, no airline is operating from this airport as it is not commercially viable. IAF has been mandated to take up the development work at Kargil Airport including Runway extension by 3000 ft. Approval of the State Government has been sought for extension of operational control of the airport for further period of 20 years to enable IAF to take up the development work of the airport.