AP to set up aviation academy at Puttaparti

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government, with the support of the Centre, will set up an aviation academy at Puttaparti in Anantapuramu district, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said today.

The academy would come up on a 150-acre site in the next three months, he said.

The Chief Minister met aero industrialists and manufacturers who were here to participate in India Aviation Expo this evening and discussed the possibility of developing aviation industry in Andhra Pradesh, a release from the Chief Minister’s Office said.

The Chief Minister held talks with representatives of Airbus, Qatar Airways, Boeing, Aerospace, Czech Airways. He also discussed the matter with Union Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju.

While a greenfield international airport would be developed at Bhigapuram near Visakhapatnam, aerospace and defence manufacturing units would be set up in Anantapuramu district, the Chief Minister told the business representatives.

The state government would also develop five regional airports at Kuppam, Dagadarthi, Donakonda, Orvakallu and Nagarjuna Sagar.

Czech Airways has come forward to develop airports at low cost, the CMO statement said.