New airport in India: Just 100 kilometers from Delhi airport
In a major development, a new airport is to finally come up at Jewar in Greater Noida near Delhi, India.
The approval has come after much deliberation and controversy over the wisdom of having such a second airport near Delhi, which is less than 100 kilometers from the present Indira Gandhi International Airport, whose operator – DIAL – may not like the idea from commercial aspects.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Raju announced in Delhi on June 24 that airline passenger traffic was likely to go up to 91 million by 2020, and 109 million by 2024, and the present airport cannot handle this amount.
The Jewar airport will also serve areas in Uttar Pradesh, and it will help traffic growth and economic development. The airport will become reality via a public-private partnership model and will take about five years to complete.