Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Nov 21 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today urged the Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel to reduce air fares so that common people, especially those from rural areas, can take its benefit.
Inaugurating the new integrated terminal building, control tower and fire station at the Aurangabad Airport, Mr Deshmukh said the prices of Air Turbine Fuel in the international market had slumped much and hence the Civil Aviation Ministry should cut air fares, specially for rural people.
He said besides passengers, local industrialists and farmers would be able to send their goods to international markets from this airport.
Mr Deshmukh pointed out that Maharashtra has total eight airports, including the newly started ones at Latur and Nanded.
''It is a good sign for us as Marathwada region is known as a backward place in the State,'' he said.
''There is insufficient land in Pune, Mumbai and Nashik left for investment, so, naturally, Aurangabad will be the next growth hub for the investors. When foreign investors will come here for investment, they will be happy to find Aurangabad Airport of international standard,'' the chief minister said.
''It is for the first time in history of Marathwada that direct flights have been arranged to Jeddah for the Haj pilgrims. Earlier they used to fly through Nagpur or Mumbai,'' he said.
Mr Deshmukh said people of Marathwada would always be grateful to the Civil Aviation minister for making efforts for the upgradation of Aurangabad Airport.
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