New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation of the Noida International Airport, Asia’s largest, at Jewar today, with the Yogi Adityanath government touting it to be the logistics gateway for North India.
The airport is among the promises made by the BJP government, which is eyeing a return to power in Uttar Pradesh in next year’s assembly elections. The chief minister has announced that it will be completed by 2024 — before the next General Elections are held.
The airport is spread over more than 1300 hectares of land, and the completed first phase of the airport will have a capacity to serve around 1.2 crore passengers a year. Owing to its scale and capacity, the Noida International Airport will prove to be a game-changer for the state, the government said.
Yogi Adityanath, who was personally monitoring the preparations ahead of PM Modi’s visit, said the project will benefit entire UP, particularly Gautam Budh Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hapur and other adjoining areas. “Noida international airport will be completed as per the scheduled deadline of 2024 and create huge employment opportunities in the state, thereby changing the business dynamics of this region,” he added.
The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the project’s Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG. The airport is being developed under the PPP model in close partnership with the government of Uttar Pradesh and the government of India.
Once completed, the airport will make travelling easy for residents of East Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Meerut and nearby west UP districts. Also, with a target of over one crore footfall every year, the airport will give a major boost to tourism in Agra and Mathura.
“The airport will be connected to the Delhi-Mumbai expressway near Ballabhgarh in Haryana. The entire population of Haryana, which lives far from the existing Delhi airport, will get direct air connectivity. This will open new windows for not only west UP but Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan also,” said Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh.
Noida International Airport will be developed in four phases in terms of passenger capacity. In the first phase, the airport with just one runway will have an annual capacity of 12 million i.e. 1 crore 20 lakh passengers in 2023-24, which will increase to an annual capacity of 30 million passengers and two runways in 2031. In 2036, it will be 50 million and in 2040, the airport will have 70 million passengers annual capacity.
The first phase of the Noida International Airport will be thrown open to the public in 2023-24 and the first flight will start. The spokesman also said that several important projects are being developed in the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority area near Noida International Airport.
These include Film City, Medical Device Park, Electronic City, Apparel Park etc. The Aligarh node of the Uttar Pradesh Defense Industrial Corridor is also close to this area. A multi-modal logistics hub at Dadri and a multimodal transport hub at Bodaki are also being developed. In the coming days, this entire area will become the biggest centre of industrial and service sector activities.