Jaitley lays foundation stone of domestic airport near Jalandhar

Chandigarh, Dec 16 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley laid the foundation stone of a new domestic airport at Adampur near Jalandhar in Punjab on Friday.

Spread over 40 acres, the airport terminal will cater to the air connectivity needs of Punjab’s Doaba belt, the area between Beas and Sutlej rivers comprising the districts of Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr.

Adampur, which is about 20 km from Jalandhar and 160 km from Chandigarh, has a forward airbase of the Indian Air Force.

“Once the domestic airport is built here and flights begin, Punjab will become a state which has two international airports (Mohali/Chandigarh and Amritsar) and 4-5 domestic airports. Not many states have this kind of air connectivity,” Jaitley said after laying the foundation stone of the domestic airport.

A new domestic airport was inaugurated on Sunday at Bathinda in south-west Punjab.