New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) As many as 35 functional airports in the country do not have night landing facility, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju said today.Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Death Toll Rises to 31 in Landslide, House-collapse Incidents; NDRF Ends Search & Rescue Ops

Airlines have to apply to the Airports Authority of India to facilitate night landing facility in a particular airport and then process of offering the convenience starts. Also Read - Poll Strategist Prashant Kishor Meets Rahul Gandhi in Delhi, Punjab Elections Likely on Agenda

“There are 47 licenced landing airports in the country while 35 are yet to apply for it,” he said during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha. Also Read - International Travel Update: Germany, Norway And Iceland Reopens Visa Application Centres in India

The Minister said improving the infrastructure, including night landing facility at the airports, was a continuous process and is undertaken by the Airports Authority of India depending upon factors like commercial viability, traffic demand, operational requirements, demand from airlines and technical feasibility.

Endorsing BJP member Abhishek Singh’s statement that “airports are not for cattle grazing but for the use by the aircraft”, Raju said the central government was promoting the aviation sector and it has now become fastest growing aviation market in the world.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.