Telangana plans to set up two greenfield airports

[] The Telangana government has said that it is planning to set up greenfield airports at Kothagudam and Jakranpally, to boost industrial activity in the state

Telangana minister for IT and industries KT Rama Rao, on March 8, 2018, said that the state was planning to set up two greenfield airports at Kothagudam and Jakranpally, besides making the Warangal airport functional. The minister also requested the centre to consider setting up an aviation university in the city. He was speaking at the civil aviation and aerospace event, Wings India, in Hyderabad. “The state is keen to make Warangal airport functional, to give a boost to the mega textile park and the information technology hub launched in the city. The greenfield airport planned at Kothagudam can connect the coal belt, mines and power sector ecosystem around Khammam district, while the airport proposed at Jakranpally can support the upcoming pharma city,” he said.

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Replying to the request made by aviation secretary RN Choubey on reducing the value added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel, Rao said the government would examine the issue. He also sought aircraft makers to set up maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centres in the state, as abundant land was available.

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Aerospace and defence have been identified as the major thrust areas under the state industrial policy, as many big global aerospace companies such as Boeing, Airbus, GE, Safran, Pratt and Whitney, CFM, Bombardier, Pilatus, RUAG, Cobham, Honeywell, SAAB, Rockwell Collins, among others, operate out of the city, the minister added.

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