Twenty-four airports in India do not handle any scheduled commercial flights, it has been revealed.
The Economic Times reported India’s Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma, as confirming the number in a recent address to parliament.
Of the 24 unused Airports Authority of India (AAI)-operated hubs, six are in Maharashtra, three each are in Punjab and Rajasthan, while others are located in Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Delhi.
The minister added that since 2009, the AAI has invested INR3.09 billion (US$46 million) in 21 of these airports. Only Delhi’s Safdarjung airport, Chakeri airport in Uttar Pradesh and Thanjavur airport in Tamil Nadu have not seen any investment.