Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the extension of the Renigunta airport runway here on Wednesday.

Addressing a gathering at the airport, he said once the runway expansion work gets completed, international flights could land here.

Besides the one in Renigunta, runways in Rajamundry, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam airports in Andhra Pradesh were also being expanded to enable landing of large aircraft, the Vice-President said.

He also complimented Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and his predecessor Ashok Gajapathi Raju, for their contributions to the development of airports in Andhra Pradesh.

Prabu, through video conference, spoke about several airport expansion works being carried out in the State.

Expressing happiness over the ‘Team-India’ slogan given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Naidu said the parties in power at the Centre and in the States must keep their political differences aside to work as a team for the all-round development of the country.

He also stressed the need for public-private partnerships to speed up the country’s welfare.

After taking part in the programme, Naidu left for his native place in neighbouring Nellore district by a special train.

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