The Adani group would be taking over the operations, management and development of the airports at Mangaluru, Lucknow and Ahmedabad from the AAI by October 31, November 2 and November 11, respectively, said an official press release , reported news agency PTI.
Moreover, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said in its release that the Aviation Ministry has signed MoUs (memorandums of understanding) with three entities of the Adani group to provide services like customs, immigration and security at the aforementioned three airports.
The central government privatised six major airports — Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati — in February 2019. After a competitive bidding process, Adani Enterprises won the rights to run all of them. “The AAI and concessionaires of Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru airports will be completing conditions precedents as prescribed in the concession agreements and the concessionaires will be taking over the operations, management and development of airports as under: Mangaluru airport : 31.10.2020; Lucknow airport : 02.11.2020; Ahmedabad airport : 07.11.2020,” the AAI press release said.
In July 2019, the Union Cabinet had approved the proposal for leasing out three airports – Mangaluru, Lucknow and Ahmedabad – to Adani Enterprises. On August 19 this year, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal for leasing out the other three airports to the Ahmedabad-based group.