Consultant to submit report on Kolkata Airport expansion
The consultant engaged for preparing a sustainable and capacity expansion roadmap for the Kolkata Airport, is likely to submit its report soon, a senior official of the airport has said. “We have engaged US-based consultant Landrum & Brown, a few months back, with a mandate to study sustainability and capacity expansion of the airport,” Kolkata Airport’s director, Atul Dikshit said on February 20, 2018, on the sidelines of a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised event, ‘Infra-East’.
Landrum & Brown specialises in aviation planning and development. Dikshit said on an average, 450 flights take off or land daily, at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. Although the airport has the capacity to accommodate more flights, it is contemplating capacity enhancement to meet future demand.
Dikshit said the West Bengal government had made efforts to persuade a few European airlines, to start their operations from Kolkata. “There are route conferences happening around the world. We visit these conferences and try to sell out our airports. We have showcased Calcutta (Kolkata airport) in these route conferences. Till date, a few have shown interest but no one has come out with a concrete proposal,” Dikshit said.