The Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on 21 July 2014 announced that the Tirupati airport in Andhra Pradesh will be upgraded to international standards by June 2015.
Tirupati along with Kadapa, Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh and Warangal in Telangana are the sites which have been identified for promotion of regional air connectivity.
The construction of Kadapa airport in Andhra Pradesh has already been completed.
Standard for Modernisation and Upgradation of Airport Infrastructure
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations Agency defines International Standard Atmosphere for an airport. According to the ICAO standards as well as recommendations, the detailed master plan of selected airports is prepared and revised by operating agency.
The upgradation as well as modernization of the airports should be done as per these master plans only. Deviation from master plan leads to seeking approval from Operating Agency’s Board as well as statutory Government agency, both of which are designated primarily for this purpose.
Characteristics Kept in Mind while Airport Upgradation to International Standards
A few main characteristics should be kept in mind for upgrading an airport to the international standards and these include:
• Passenger facilities
• Aircraft and cargo handling
These three factors play a crucial role in decision of the funds to be allocated for modernisation and upgradation schemes of the airports.
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