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`States should enter jt ventures with IA to enhance connectivity'

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New Delhi , Oct. 6

THE Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Praful Patel, has asked State Governments to consider entering into joint ventures with Indian Airlines (IA) or its subsidiary so as to enhance air connectivity within the States.

"We are looking to replicate the model that already exists in the north-eastern parts of India in other parts of the country. The State Government can enter into a joint venture with IA or its subsidiary. The aircraft would be operated by the airline and would be dedicated to provide connectivity within the State," Mr Patel said.

The move, if accepted by the States, could cost about Rs 12-15 crore annually per aircraft leased, Mr Patel said. Indian Airlines has already set aside four ATR aircraft that are exclusively used for operations in the North-East.

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