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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has identified potential for developing aircraft boneyards in the country, according to a preliminary assessment of airports, airstrips, and special economic zones. This initiative comes at the suggestion of the aviation ministry.

An aircraft boneyard is a designated area where decommissioned aircraft are stored, dismantled, or recycled. These facilities play a vital role in the lifecycle management of airplanes, promoting environmental sustainability and economic benefits.

While the AAI’s assessment indicates promise, it remains unclear whether the civil aviation ministry or the AAI itself will actively pursue this project. One key factor is gauging commercial interest from private entities to operate such facilities in India. Additionally, the plans of the new government to be formed next month will likely influence the project’s future.

India currently lacks dedicated aircraft boneyards for civilian aircraft, with only a single facility existing for defense aircraft in Allahabad. Developing these specialized zones could offer several advantages:

  • Environmentally Sound Management: Boneyards provide a controlled environment for dismantling and recycling aircraft parts, minimizing environmental impact compared to unregulated scrapping practices.
  • Economic Benefits: The dismantling and repurposing of salvaged parts can create a new industry, generating revenue and supporting job creation.
  • Freed-Up Space at Active Airports: By removing end-of-life aircraft from operational airports, boneyards can alleviate congestion and optimize space for active aircraft.pen_spark