The Planning Commission expects that India may require 30 functional airports within the next five years. The CommiÂssion expects passeÂnger terminal capacity in most of the airports to be between 230-240 million in the current year.
The above estimates of the commission come even as many airport projects in the country are facing hurdles. Meanwhile, in a bid to overÂcome the problems with land acquisition and shortage of land, the Karnataka governÂment is planning to build airÂports on land of just 100 acre. The Infrastructure DevelopÂment Department is currently carrying out surveys in three districts of Gadag, Chikmagalur and Raichur, for expanding air operations in the state. It is expected that the proposals would be completed in the next two months. In order to operate chartered airÂcraft and other small 8-10 seaÂter aircraft, the state is planning small airports.