India: Expansion and development of airports

The aviation sector is planning to undergo some massive developments. The Modi government under the UDAN scheme is not only going to revamp the existing airports but is also planning to develop more international airports with world-class facilities.
Even though Indian airports continue to rank among the world’s best, the existing quality and quantity of terminals and flights are not enough to address the increasing demand for air travel in the country, especially for domestic destinations. The government has given approval to the construction of several new airports.
Recently the government gave nod to the construction of Jewar airport in Greater Noida which will start by the 2018 year end. This airport after its construction will become the second international airport in the national capital region. Another airport that is set for expansion is Goa-Dabolim International Airport.
Another international airport is going to be set up in Mopa in North Goa at an estimated cost of INR 30 billion.

Sikkim got its first airport, the Pakyong airport which will soon be inaugurated. This airport marked the country’s 100th operational airport.

Similarly, there are new projects coming in for Lucknow, Pune, Chennai and Guwahati airports that will see expansion in terminal areas and the addition of adjunct buildings to handle more passengers. The Lucknow airport is being expanded and will be able to handle 2.6 million international and 11 million domestic passenger traffic annually by 2030-31.

Apart from these major developments MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that as many as 25 airports have been added to India’s aviation network under the UDAN scheme. The airports that are set to start operations in the coming months are, Pantnagar, Jamshedpur, Durgapur, Kullu and Cooch Behar. Als,o airports of 13 cities are getting an upgrade, that include Raigarh, Jeypore, Rourkela, Kanpur, Ambikapur, Jagdalpur, Neyveli, Solapur, Jharsuguda, Bilaspur, Mithapur, Utkela and Burnpur.


UDAN-RCS, UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) is a regional airport development and «Regional Connectivity Scheme» (RCS) of Government of India.

Source: Media India Group (MIG) & others

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