Hassan Airport work begins
BS Reporter / Chennai/ Bangalore August 27, 2007
Jupiter Aviation, a company started by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, on Sunday kick started the development work at Hassan airport.
The airport is expected to be ready in 18 months with the first aircraft expected to land in Hassan by early 2009.
According to a statement from Jupiter, Hassan airport is expected to cater to the business tourism traffic of Hassan, Chikkamagalur, Mysore and Tumkur districts.
With the development of the airport, Hassan’s main commercial business of coffee exports is expected to get a boost. The airport will also help promote the tourism spots in Hassan – Saravanabelagola, Belur and Halebidu.
A training hub will be set up in Hassan to supplement the functioning of the airport. VimanaVidhya, the Aerospace Academy promoted by Jupiter Aviation, will train over 600 cadet pilots and related staff at various levels.
Hassan Airport would be an Aircraft Maintenance and Modification (AMM) Hub.
S Ravi Narayanan, CEO and managing director of Jupiter Aviation said, “This is a part of Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s commitment to Karnataka. We want to create an aviation ecospace in Hassan giving this tier II city a shot in the arm in the business and tourism map. The airport and related aviation activities would generate significant employment opportunities in the next five years. By then, we would have brought vital investments to the region in and around the Hassan Airport.”
With Jupiter Aviation’s international alliances with EADS, Airbus, Thales and ESMA, Hassan airport is expected to receive their respective skill sets in technology, venture and infrastructure development.