Here is some good news. India will get 8 new flying training academies by Dec 2021. Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary at Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India Congratulated Airports Authority of India (AAI) for successfully bidding out 8 slots at its 5 airports.
Airport authority of India’s Belagavi airport, Jalgaon airport, Kalaburagi airport, Khajuraho airport and Lilabari airports will get Flying training schools. Award letters were released on 31 May 2021 to the winning bidders.
Asia-Pacific, Jetserve, Redbird, Samvardhane and Skynex are the pioneers that have bid for the above five mentioned airports to start flying school.
Some had warned that AAI should postpone the bid by a year given the mayhem caused by covid. The results show that India’s long term aviation story is intact. The aviators always bounce back, stronger than before.
These five airports have been carefully chosen since they have minimal disruption due to weather issues and civil/ military air traffic Said Amber Dubey.
Amber Dubey also said Minimum annual rentals were dropped by AAI from several crores to just 15 lacs and the concept of airport royalty was scrapped to make the ventures business-friendly. Another baby step to help India double its flying training capacity under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and become a global training hub.
Two training schools in Belagavi :
Belagavi Airport director on twitter mentioned that Award letter issued to Two Agencies from Bengaluru & Delhi for leasing of land for Establishing Two (02) flying Training Organizations (FTOs) on Design ,Build, Operate, Maintain & Transfer Basis (DBOMT) for Belagavi Airport.
Size of Land is 5000 sqm for Hangar & Apron.