India to expand Belgaum and Gaya airports

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India's minister of state for civil aviation KC Venugopal says the government of Karnataka has acquired 370 acres (150ha) of land for the development of Belgaum airport.

The acquired land has been handed over to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the construction of a new apron with a taxiway, new passenger and cargo terminal, runway extension, as well as other infrastructure facilities, says the ministry.

Venugopal also said that AAI has requested the government of Bihar for the acquisition of around 200 acres of land to expand Gaya airport.

The state government is in the process of acquiring the land and it is to be handed over to AAI free of cost and taxes.