India has upgraded five smaller airports to 'international airport' status in an effort to boost tourism, offer improved international connectivity and provide wider choice of services at competitive cost to air travelers.
The new international airports are Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Lucknow; Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi and the airports at Tiruchirapalli, Mangalore and Coimbatore.
India's Civil Aviation ministry said the five airports were capable of handling medium capacity long range type of aircrafts.
The airports are also equipped with facilities for night operations.
Apparently, all work pertaining to upgradation of the airports to international standards has already been completed.
Indian government officials expect upgrading the five airports to 'international status' will also help in economic development of the surrounding regions.
Kingfisher Airlines Flights Suspension Continues
India's troubled private airline Kingfisher Airlines has extended the suspension of its services.
The financially strapped airline controlled by liquor baron Vijay Mallya had declared a 'partial lockout' on Monday, October 1 following a strike by its engineers over non-payment of salaries for seven months.
Kingfisher Airlines, which suspended all flights from Monday-Thursday, has now extended the suspension till October 12 or until the strike ends.
Meanwhile, India's Department of Civil Aviation has sent a notice to Kingfisher Airlines asking why the airline should not be shut down for failing to provide "a safe, efficient and reliable service."
Air-Savings.com recommends visitors to India avoid making any bookings on Kingfisher Airlines for their travel inside the country.