|This article is outdated. (January 2014)|
காரைக்கால் விமான நிலையம்
|IATA: none – ICAO:
|Airport type||Privately owned for Public use|
|Operator||Karaikal Airport Private Limited|
|Location||Karaikal, Puducherry, India|
Karaikal Airport is a greenfield airport being constructed at Karaikal, in the Union territory of Puducherry, India. When completed in 2014, it will be the first airport in the country to be built entirely with private capital.
The project, proposed with 100% private ownership for public use, received in-principle clearance from the Ministry of Civil Aviation in February 2011. Construction work is scheduled to commence in May 2013. Karaikal's Air Traffic Control, however, will be operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Aimed at tapping the rich recreational and spiritual tourism potential of the region, the project will bring air connectivity to pilgrim centres including Thirunallar, Velankanni, Nagore and various temple towns including Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai, Thirumanancheri, Thirukadayur and Thirunallar as well as the historic sites of Tarangambadi and Poompuhar. Karaikal, incidentally, also has a sea port.
The Airport, spread across 562 acres, is being developed by Karaikal Airport Private Limited, a subsidiary of Super Airport Infrastructure Private Limited. The first phase of construction comprising construction of an 1800 metre runway and a terminal building capable of handling 250 passengers during peak hours at an initial expense of Rupees 60 crore is to be completed by November 2013. The airport is expected to handle airliners like the Boeing 737. The company plans to expand the airport after five years, extending the runway to 2600 metres and increasing terminal building capacity to 500 passengers per hour. A further expansion is planned ten years down the line with a 3500 metre runway and a passenger capacity of 1,000 per hour.
Besides serving Karaikal, the Airport will bring air connectivity to the various pilgrim centres and temple towns in the neighbouring regions, tapping its spiritual tourism potential.
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