Bhubaneswar: The Biju Patnaik International Airport at Bhubaneswar is going to be privatised soon as the Civil Aviation Ministry would seek Cabinet approval for the same.
Reportedly, the concerned ministry will urge the approval for privatising half a dozen more airports by the first week of December.
The six airports up for privatisation are Varanasi, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Trichy, Indore and Raipur.
The move to bid out more airports to private companies has come close on the heels of government privatising six airports. Gujarat-based Adani Enterprises was the highest bidder for all the six airports.
According to available information, Union Cabinet has approved leasing out of three airports – Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru – to Adani. On the other hand, other three airports – Jaipur, Guwahati, and Thiruvananthapuram – are currently on hold due to some pending issues.
Thousands of AAI employees and officers under a joint forum in September held demonstrations against the government move to privatise airports fearing job losses and early retirement.
Last year, the government decided to privatise airports in Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati for operations, management and development through the public private partnership (PPP) model.