The Centre is going to put in place a policy that will no longer allow airports to be named after personalities; rather they’ll be named only after the cities closest to them.
The Centre decided to take this decision because the Civil Aviation Ministry keeps getting requests from different political parties to name/rechristen airports, especially after the change of regime at the Centre or in states. Sources told PTI that the Centre has decided that a firm and long-term policy in this regard is needed to put an end to the practice.
The developments come against the backdrop of Haryana and Punjab governments locking horns over the naming of Chandigarh International airport; the former wanted the honour to be given to Mangal Sein while the latter was rooting for Bhagat Singh. Meanwhile Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy revealed recently that his government might name the International Airport at Nedumbassry in Kochi after Congress leader K Karunakaran.
The Airport Authority of India has under its purview a total of 115 airports, 17 of which are international airports. Among the 17, six are privately managed. Here's a look at the Indian airports named after leaders:
With inputs from PTI