Work on India’s ‘first private greenfield airport’ here will be completed before June next and the airport will become operational soon after, a senior Karaikal Airport Pvt Ltd official said on Wednesday.

About 350 acres of land out of the proposed 526 acres for the airport project has already been procured, KAPL Chairman JV Chowdhary told reporters here. “Of the 60 acres of land required for runway construction, we have procured 45 acres and the remaining 15 acres will be procured within a month,” he said.

Runway construction works will begin immediately thereafter and the construction works will be completed before June 2018, he said. The company has obtained all necessary clearances from regulatory agencies, including permission from the Civil Aviation Ministry and no-objection certificate from the Puducherry government.

1.25-km runway

“To start with, in the first phase of construction, the airport will have a 1.25-km runway, which could accommodate 19 to 30-seat aircraft,” he said. The runway will be expanded to accommodate bigger planes in the subsequent phases.

Chowdhary said KAPL was talking to operators such as Air Odisha and Air Deccan to operate planes to and from Karaikal airport.

“We have planned to adopt modern communication technology and equipment for this airport. Once it becomes functional, it will be one of the best small airports in the country,” he said. Chowdhary said the airport construction was dragging since 2011 mainly due to delays in land acquisition. “Now that we have acquired adequate land for the first phase of construction, we will get started soon,” he added.

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