The Union government on June 28 decided to set up 51 new low-cost airports across India including 3 in Odisha at Brahmapur, Raurkela and Kendujhar. This is aimed at giving a boost to the civil aviation sector and increase air connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III cities. Apart from the low-cost airports, the government has also decided to grant new international airport status to Bhubaneswar in Odisha.
The state-owned airport operator, Airports Authority of India (AAI), would set up these low-cost airports. The decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister held in New Delhi to finalize infrastructure projects for 2013-14 which was attended by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Ministers of Power, Coal, Railways, Roads, Shipping and Civil Aviation.