Mumbai : The state government has decided to expand Juhu Airport to accommodate passenger services at the airport.

Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Monday that the government plans to exploit all the 28 airports across the state for public use, including private ones.

“The transport system of the state should be better. So, we are thinking about water transport as well as air transport. We are trying to use the small airports for public transportation. Currently, these airports are being used for private purposes,” he said.

While talking about Juhu Airport, he said, “The length of the runway of Juhu Airport is very short. It is 1,990 metres and so cannot be used for big air taxis. Only nine-seater planes can be flown from the airport. We are trying to expand its length so that big aircraft can also fly from and land there,” he said.

The plan to expand the Juhu airport includes extending its main runway into the sea to enable it to handle A320 and ATR turbo prop planes.

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