Jewar Airport: The National Capital region is all set to have an operational airport by the end of 2021. The new airport is sure to end the congestion which can be seen currently at the IGI Airport. The report has been confirmed by the Civil Aviation Secretary.
Jewar Airport: In a good news for flyers in Delhi NCR, the second airport in the National Capital Region- Jewar- will be operational by end of 2021. The first flight could take off in December 2021. Civil aviation secretary R N Choubey has said this. “We had spent five hours over there. You will be surprised, land is the most difficult item to get, but the people of that area want to give their land for this because it will lead to a boom in that area. So we expect that the bid will be floated sometime in August or September, and by December this year, we expect the foundation stone of Jewar airport to be laid after awarding it to the selected concessionaire. By December 2021, even if the project is not fully completed, the first flight will take off from Jewar,” Choubey said.
Officials of the ministry of civil aviation and Airports Authority of India on January 23 visited the site of the Jewar international airport in Greater Noida and assessed the progress of the project. The ministry of civil aviation cleared a proposal for Jewar airport in UP last year. It will be the second airport in the national capital region and is expected to be ready in the next five years.
The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority’s chairman posted on Twitter that time-lines for readying the airport were also discussed at today’s meeting. “Secretary, Civil Aviation GOI with officers of MoCA & AAI visited YEIDA to discuss progress of Jewar airport, visited airport site and appreciated the progress made and time-lines set by us,” tweeted Prabhat Kumar, Chairman of YEIDA. The plans to connect Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport with Jewar airport were also discussed, the official said, adding that a consultant will be appointed to do a technological feasibility test.
There is a Greenfield Airport Policy in place for setting up new airports. In 2016, the Civil Aviation Ministry said it had received a proposal from Samajwadi Pary 0 government in Uttar Pradesh for grant of site clearance for the proposed airport near Jewar. The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in the national capital handles around 1,100 flights every day and plans are afoot to increase the aerodromes capacity.
Apart from this, the government is working on the expansion of Delhi Airport. The airport is operated by GMR-owned Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL). So far, the expansion plans of the Delhi airport has run into several hurdles. Recently there was a slugfest between domestic airlines that refuse to move from the Terminal-1, to the newly opened Terminal-2. DIAL, in September and October last year, had asked budget carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet to operate its flights, to and from Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru effective January 4 from the Terminal-2. GoAir was directed to shift its entire operations to Terminal-2. DIAL’s directive was on the grounds that Terminal-1 was already handling traffic beyond its capacity. Even as GoAir moved its operations to Terminal-2, IndiGo and SpiceJet moved the Delhi High Court challenging DIAL’s order citing inconvenience to passengers. The High Court upheld DIAL’s decision, but IndiGo moved the Court again earlier this month against the single-judge’s order.