Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: District in-charge Minister B. Nagaraj Shetty has promised to sort out modalities pertaining to immigration facilities at the Bajpe airport here to facilitate Air India Express to operate its international flights from May 7. He has instructed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Police Department to work in tandem in this regard.

Admitting that security concerns over proper immigration facilities are germane, he said the same could be sorted out in a manner acceptable to all concerned.

Superintendent of Police B. Dayananda said the officials from Department of Immigration, Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the State Intelligence wing were particular that all facilities should be up to date before international flights can commence operations from Bajpe.

M.R. Vasudeva, Director, AAI, Bajpe airport, said the National Informatics Centre had promised to provide computers to enable the authorities to start immigration counters. Tenders to provide facilities to set up the counters would be opened on April 29 and work would be completed by May 15. The work on the new runway would be completed by April 30, he said.

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