MIAL eyes Juhu airport

Team of foreign consultants had come to see if passenger operations could start there

Gold mine: The 386-acre land of the Juhu airport has commercial value of more than Rs 500 crore

Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), the private operators of Mumbai airport, are now eyeing the Juhu airport.

Airport sources confirmed to MiD DAY that a team of foreign consultants appointed by MIAL had come to Juhu airport for a survey.

“The team went to Juhu airport to check if it was feasible to take over the airport and start passenger operations,” said a top MIAL source.

However, the officials of Airport Authority of India (AAI) feel that this is one more attempt by MIAL to grab prime land.

“Juhu airport is prime land. I fear MIAL would want to commercially exploit it. They have already served notices to so many companies and colonies around the airport, so this (Juhu airport) was coming,” said a top AAI official.

Juhu airport now serves offshore helicopter operations for oil major ONGC and also has some aviation academies and workshops.

According to sources, Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Chawla was recently in Mumbai and MIAL proposed that the Juhu Airport be used to decongest Mumbai airport. Chawla then asked for a detailed proposal, for which the team went to the airport.

The 386-acre land of the airport has commercial value of more than Rs 500 crore, according to local real estate experts.

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