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New Airline: Amaravathi Airline Coming Up

The N Chandrababu Naidu-led government in Andhra Pradesh government is planning to launch an airline, named after Amaravathi, once the state capital is developed. An official in the government has indicated in media that the initiative is aimed at bringing global exposure to the upcoming city and also give a boost to the aviation sector in the state, adding that the airline is likely to be named after the state capital. “When Amaravathi is developed, the government may like to have its own international airport and airline depending upon the requirement at that particular time,” he said. Currently, there are five commercial airports in Andhra Pradesh — Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Rajamundry and Kadapa. Besides, six greenfield airports — Bhogapuram, Dagadarthi, Orvakallu, Kuppam, Tadepallegudam and Ongole –are being developed through public-private partnership (PPP).

According to the official, even though the government has reduced VAT on jet fuel to 1 per cent, the losses incurred on account of this have been offset by the surge in air traffic in the state.

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