Leh, one of the most attractive tourist places in India, will get its new operational terminal by December 2022. This new terminal will allow more footfalls in the airport at a given time and will further boost travel and tourism in the Ladakh region. According to a PTI report, Civil Aviation Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia, said that Leh’s new terminal is expected to become operational by December 2022.
New Airstrips Might Come Soon In Leh Airport
Scindia said that a small team would soon visit Ladakh to see and technically evaluate the locations for the additional airstrips in Leh. Scindia agreed to look at the possibility of operationalising commercial flights with smaller jet planes to Kargil as an interim solution.
The aviation minister said, “The new airport terminal at Leh may become operational by December 2022.”
Scindia has further requested the Lieutenant Governor for considering a lower VAT on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) to encourage more flights to operate to Ladakh. This move from the Government might result in increased tourism to Ladakh.
In another news, the Indian government recently announced that it would allow domestic airlines to operate up to 85% of their pre-COVID-19 flights capacity. Up until now, the airlines were only allowed to fly up to 72.5% of their pre-COVID-19 flights capacity. This move from the government has come as a major relief for domestic airlines. It will boost the revenues for the airlines as they will be able to cater to the rising domestic travel demand in India.
If things keep going smooth from here, it will be beneficial for the sector since, unlike the telecom industry, the aviation industry isn’t going to get a relief package from the government. Stocks of major airlines, including SpiceJet and IndiGo, have risen on the back of positive news for the aviation sector in the last few weeks.