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Shadow of privatisation inching towards Mangaluru International Airport


Daijiworld Media Network -Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Dec 5: The union government has assessed that the experiment of public-private partnership (PPP) it had tried in five leading airports including Bengaluru has been successful. In the second phase, it proposes to manage six more airports under PPP model.

The six airports which are proposed to be brought under the scheme are Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Jaipur, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, and Mangaluru. Once a decision is taken, these airports will go out of the control of Airports Authority of India (AAI). The central government has given its in-principle nod for the proposal, and tender floated for the purpose will be opened on December 10.

The employees working at the airport are apprehensive, as this happens to be the only airport under AAI at present in Karnataka. They are worried about likelihood of their transfer etc, as Air Traffic Control will alone be under the control of AAI once the transfer takes place. The airport here, which was incurring losses, has now been making profits, with new airport building, parallel taxiway, and other development works executed recently.

Among people also there is apprehension about the charges at the airport getting dearer once the airport falls under PPP.

Retired airport director, M R Vasudeva, feels that people who might take over this airport will find it hard to earn profit as Kannur airport has been opened nearby and Jet Airways has suspended its Dubai flight. He felt that deft management skills alone can achieve this. Everything will depend on the nature of PPP after the bid is opened, he opines.


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  • AUBB, India / Kuwait

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    No matter who runs Mangalore Airport, it won't be viable until and unless Mangalore and Coastal region qualifies to attract tourism, commercial and other high economic activities in a peaceful environment in the first place.

    Expansion of runways is very doubtful given the nature of topography and related high costs therein.

    Since Kannur Airport is going to capture lots of air traffic, few takers are expected under PPP arrangement.

    A new international airport from scratch under PPP with attractive terms is the best solution.

    Jai Hind!!!

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  • Raaz, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    It will operate as domestic Airport All the best

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    The only solution is a new airport. This one is doomed.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    An excellent move. People commenting here should see international airports first and then give their opinion.

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  • Leela, Neermarga/Mangaluru

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    PPP may not work for this table top airport, where no Airlines are willing to come due to higher cost of operations like Insurance. With Kannur Airport around, which is the most favoured now, better to shift this to the flat lands on the outskirts of Mangaluru city, where there can be more more safety, sufficient runways and landing space for more Airlines to come.

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  • PEDDA GUNDOO, MANGALURU

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    The taxi booking guy who dont have any knowledge on the places nearby and he charges as if B C Road is in Kasaragod ! He himself judge the kilometers and impose the prices or rates ! please appoint locals instead from Kerala who dont have any knowledge in local business !

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Mangaluru International Airport will make money as a Shopping Mall ...

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  • pasha, Karnataka

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Jossey!! No ache din anne wale hai????

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Not only at Airports but also through out Mangalore these Taxis, Autoricksh, Bus people swindle money. There is no control over these business. That is why Mangalore is not improving. Same old mentality that is everybody want Hampankatta area.if our administration control this then only Citizens will get justice.

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    Whatever it is for this Mangalore airport, is just waste of time and money.
    Unless the authorities going to shift the Mangalore airport to a new location, no private company would make any intent to take control.
    This airport has no further development be it for capacity, air lines and aircrafts, logistics, infrastructure and transportation.
    Soon all will see this is going to be doomed.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 5 2018

    jobs will infact increase after privatisation as there will be shops etc inside the terminal.

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  • Deepak, Mang

    Wed, Dec 5 2018

    Love to see those taxi goons kicked out from our airport..
    Now ola pickup point made available in Mangalore airport please avoid those goonda drivers. For Mangalore city it's only RS 350 where as those goons service charge 550.

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  • Mangalorean, Bangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2018

    550Rs for Non-AC , 650Rs for AC. Like in olden days when AC was luxury and cabs used to charge more. They also pass comments if we don't book from them and instead walk out . Such as Mukleg vimaand Barra aapundu, taxig caas korpera aapujji. They think those who fly are rich.

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