Delhi outpaces Mumbai as India’s aviation hub

Singapore Airlines’ and Tata Sons’ choice of Delhi as the operations base for their new airline is yet another sign that the political capital has overtaken Mumbai as the country’s aviation hub.

SIA and Tata Sons announced last month that their joint venture – Tata SIA Airlines Limited – would take off from New Delhi, with an initial investment of US$100 million.

Just six months earlier, Air India, the government-run national carrier, moved its headquarters to Delhi after five decades in the iconic Air India Building, a 23-storey commercial tower in the heart of Mumbai.

For years the sleepy government capital to Mumbai’s throbbing metropolis, Delhi is now the undisputed aviation centre of India, thanks to a spacious Terminal 3 that opened in 2010, and an abundance of land to expand.

Mumbai, by contrast, is still operating one runway, hemmed in by slum dwellers in a city where space is a luxury.

Full report here  Dawn


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