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MANGALORE: The Bajpe airport, which is now being upgraded, will be the second international airport to be ready for operations in 2005 in the country after Vijayawada, according to the former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily.
He said that the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Praful Patel, has agreed to the suggestion that the upgraded airport should have international standards right from providing precision approach lighting system to arrival and departure lounges. He said presently the there are no night-landing and take-off facilities at the airport, but when it becomes an international airport, it will be a standard feature. The present lounge can only hold 100 people, while, according to international standards, it should hold at least three times that capacity.
In addition, the Mangalore airport should have an easy approach road to the proposed new international lounge (on the Dakkan Park side), which is 10 km shorter than the existing route Mr. Moily said. The Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation has been told to take up work on this road.
Mr. Moily said the Government has bestowed the custody of the cargo complex of the Mangalore airport to Indian Airlines and Air India and it will become operational soon.
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