New Delhi, April 29: Bangalore International Airport will become operational by May end with its private operator having to keep an option open for allowing smaller aircrafts to use the existing airport in the city, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel announced here on Tuesday.
Patel told reporters here after meeting representatives of Bangalore International Airport Limited (BAIL), the operators of the new airport, that the company was given options including allowing aircraft with less than 80 seats to operate out of the existing HAL airport in the tech hub. BIAL had earlier planned to start operations March 30, but the launch had been postponed till May 11 and now stands further delayed.
According to its agreement with the government, all commercial aviation activities at the existing airport are to end once the new airport is functional.
However, Airports Authority of India (AAI) workers have opposed that clause.
The government has made it clear to the stake-holders that they would have to compromise on the concession agreement.
The meeting of all stake-holders was held following an advice of the Karnataka High Court, which had asked the government and BIAL to re-look and re-negotiate the concessions agreement signed between them earlier.