The Opposition parties are engaged in a war of words with the Centre and the BJP leadership over the privatisation of airports, particularly that at Thiruvananthapuram.

They recalled a 2013 report of a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture which had unanimously warned against privatisation of airports. The panel had included senior BJP leader and the present Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and was headed by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

The report had advised against amending the Model Concession Agreement to assign the services on the airside and in the terminals to the private sector.

The report had said: “Thus, with the metro and other profit-making airports going to private people, AAI will be left with economically unviable ones. Earlier, Airports Authority of India was in a position to off-set the losses of non-metro airports by revenue earned from metro airports through cross-subsidy. The Committee fails

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