Double The CPL: Six AAI Operated Airports To Get 2 Flying Schools Each

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Six airports operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will soon get 2 flying schools each under the ‘Double the CPL’ programme of the government wherein India aims to double its flying training capacity.

2 Flying Schools Each

AAI which has fast-track approvals under its liberalised policy for flying schools, a Request For Proposal (RFP) for 12 flying schools at 6 AAI airports is out. As per the RPF, the bid due date is December 22, 2020,  3 p.m.

Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MocA) in a social media post said: “This is under the ‘Double the CPL’ programme of the government the annual loss of forex to foreign FTOs will be gradually phased out under the Atmanirbhar Bharat movement.
Leading Indian and global FTOs, airlines, OEMs and other investors should check out this interesting opportunity.”

The Six AAI Airports

The six airports are Belagavi, Jalgaon, Kalaburagi, Khajuraho, Lilabari and Salem. These airports have been carefully chosen considering minimal disruptions due to weather and commercial/ military air traffic.

Mr. Dubey in his post also said that the minimum annual rentals have been dropped from several crores to just Rs. 15 lakh (approx USD 20k per annum). “Two Flying Training Organisations (FTO) will be given slots at each airport for 25 years,” his post read.

A look at the RFP revealed that the plan involves Leasing of Land for Establishing Flying Training Organizations (FTOs) on Design, Build, Operate, Maintain and Transfer Basis (DBOMT) at Belagavi, Jalgaon, Kalaburgi, Khajuraho, Lilabari and Salem Airports.

The Selected Bidder, which shall be an incorporated entity, shall be responsible for designing, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of FTO and Infrastructure of FTO (“IOF”) for a period of 25 (twenty five) years in accordance with the provisions of the lease agreement proposed to be entered into between the Authority and the winning bidder.

Barring Lilabari and Salem where 3,500 and 4,800 square meters of land is available for the FTOs to be set up, the other airports have 5,000 square meters of land available. Cost of land is the highest in Khajuraho at Rs. 148 per square meter per annum, followed by Belagavi at Rs. 70, Jalgaon at Rs. 40, Kalaburgi at 40, Lilabari at Rs. 40 and Salem Airport at Rs. 80.

As reported by various sections of the media, over the next five years, India would require an estimated 9,488 pilots to meet the country’s growing demand of civil aviation sector.  Scheduled airlines operating in the country employ over 9,000 pilots.

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