AHMEDABAD: With scores of VVIPs scheduled to arrive in the city for the Vibrant Summit, to be held from January 18-20, 100 private jets are expected to land at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport, said state government sources.
Private aircraft carrying ministers and national and international business delegates, among others, will land at the city airport from Thursday, January 17, a day prior to the summit. State government sources confirmed that some heads of states and industrialists and ministers from several countries will attend the summit.
“Leaders from Malta, Denmark, Czech Republic, Rwanda and Uzbekistan will attend the summit,” said Rajkumar Beniwal, the managing director of iNDEXTb. State government officials said that 80 private jets had arrived at the city airport during the 2017 edition of the summit.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received requests for accommodating these private aircraft. Manoj Gangal, the director of SVPI airport, said: “There is space to accommodate some 33 aircraft at the city airport. Since additional private jets will be coming in, some of them will be kept at the city airport while the rest will be accommodated at nearby airports.”
Aircraft operating around 10 non-scheduled flights will be accommodated at SVPI airport, said Captain Ajay Chauhan, director of civil aviation, the Government of .
“Additional arrangements for parking of the remaining aircraft have been made at nearby airports including Udaipur, Vadodara, Rajkot and ,” he said.
Well-placed sources in AAI said that some additional aircraft parking bays are also being planned at the SVPI airport which will help accommodate some 19 aircraft, and will be readied by March this year.
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