Will Bangaloreans be saved the pains of congestions and delays at their new airport by getting the existing airport to stay open? It was in response to public interest litigations that the Karnataka high court directed renegotiation of the contract with Bial, operator of the new airport, and asked that public inconvenience be minimized.
It all depends on how the Centre will react to reopening a deal it had finalized in a hurry. It was in 2004 that it assured Bial of a monopoly when it opened, since private players won’t build airports which are large, risky projects unless they can make lots of money. But traffic trends since assure business enough to sustain two airports. That closing the old airport will create public discomfort was known for at least a year. The government needs to think hard and fast. Should it still hand Bial a monopoly at the cost of public, or should it renegotiate since?the?underlying?business conditions have changed?