Exit AA of India-Enter Adani Group! Mlore International Airport taken Over by Adani Group
- Exit Airport Authority of India-Enter Adani Group! Mangaluru International Airport now taken over by Adani Group, adding another Feather to its Cap! The MoU and handing over between the officials of Government of India and Officials of Adani Group took place at the stroke of midnight on Friday, 30 -31 October 2020
Mangaluru: Mangalore International Airport (MIA) is the first of three airports with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) that the Adani Group took control of on midnight of Friday/Saturday, 30-31 October 202o. Apart from MIA, the Adani Group will formally take over Lucknow and Ahmedabad airports on November 2 and November 11 respectively.
The change in ‘display picture’ on the Twitter Page from the ubiquitous AAI logo to a simple ‘Mangaluru International Airport’ also marked the transition of MIA to private management. “Welcome the #GatewayToGoodness in your lives. The Mangaluru International Airport family is privileged to serve you on your journey to let your dreams take flight. #travel #airport #aviation #Mangaluru,” the accompanying message posted at 1.29 am said.
AAI in a release recently stated the Ministry of Civil Aviation had signed memorandums of understanding with three entities of Adani group to provide services such as customs, immigration and security at the above mentioned three airports. Mangaluru, Ahmedabad and Lucknow are among the six airports – Jaipur, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati being the other three that the union government privatised in February 2019.
The top level officials of Adani group had arrived at the Mangaluru International Airport on Saturday morning, and a pooja was held before Adani group took over the management of MIA., joined by a few dignitaries due to the pandemic. It is learnt that for a couple of years both Airport authority of India and Adani Group will work together, and Airport Authority of India will give priority to the arrivals and departures of flights and take on the role of director on the whole system. For a while both the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Communication and Navigation Centre will be looked after by the airport authority. Airport security and airline staff, terminal building, runway, electrical and civil works will be handled by Adani group.
The union cabinet in July 2019 had taken a decision to lease Mangaluru, Ahmedabad and Lucknow airports to Adani group which also won the rights to operate the other three airports through a competitive bidding process. The government on August 19 approved the proposal to lease out the other three airports to the Ahmedabad-based group. AAI established liaison with the group to get their management team on board in the transition stage.
Then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru put this city on the aviation map of India when he arrived at Bajpe aerodrome on a Douglas DC-3 aircraft on 25 December 1951. The airport, which is the second busiest in Karnataka, also has the distinction of being the first one in the state to have two runways – 09/27 opened in 1951 and 06/24 opened in May 2006 and first to have a concrete runway. The air cargo complex at the airport was commissioned in 2013.