Newspatrolling: In a significant development, the government has cleared the decks for the second international airport in the National Capital Region (NCR). The second international airport in the capital city will come up at Jewar, Greater Noida and it will cost around 200 billion rupees ($3.10 billion). The Noida International Airport will be crucial in meeting the explosive growth in passenger traffic. Air traffic in India has increased considerably in recent times and most airports in the country are working at near full capacity. The existing Indira Gandhi International Airport is expected to reach its full capacity by 2024, and by this time, the Noida International Airport will become operational and start sharing the load.
When fully completed in the next 10 to 15 years, the Noida International Airport will have the capacity to handle 30-50 million passengers per year (MPPA). Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju posted a tweet that read, “We have granted in-principle approval for a greenfield airport at Jewar (Greater Noida) to cater to the growing flying requirements of NCR.”
Land acquisition and costs will be managed by the state government and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority. The project will be executed through public-private partnerships and contracts will be awarded after competitive bidding.