Union Cabinet to take final decision, HC told

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The approval of the Union Cabinet will be obtained before issuing the letter of award for the bidders who win the privatisation bids of the six airports of the country, including the Thiruvananthapuram airport, the Centre has submitted in the Kerala High Court.

The Centre made its position known in a case which challenged the privatisation bid of the Thiruvananthapuram airport.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had earlier decided to privatise the operation and maintenance of airports. The airports will be leased out for 50 years.

The authority on November 2018 issued an in-principle approval for leasing out the airports.

The Union Cabinet had also empowered a Group of Secretaries to decide on any issue falling beyond the scope of the Private Public Partnership Approval Committee.

The court, which refused to stay privatisation of the Thiruvananthapuram airport, posted the case to be considered after three weeks.

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