Six greenfield airports have been made operational in the last three years, and five more new airports are under construction.
The six greenfield airports include Kannur Airport in Kerala (2018), Pakyong Airport in Sikkim (2018), Kalaburagi Airport in Karnataka (2019), Kurnool Airport in Andhra Pradesh (2021), Sindhudurg Airport in Maharashtra (2021) and Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh (2021).
In addition, the construction of greenfield airports at Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra, Mopa in Goa, Hirasar in Rajkot, Jewar (Noida) in Uttar Pradesh and Hollongi in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh are being undertaken.
Also, the Government of India has granted ‘In Principle’ approval for the development of greenfield airports at Bijapur Airport, Hassan Airport and Shimoga Airport in Karnataka, Karaikal Airport in Puducherry, Dholera Airport in Gujarat, Dagadarthi Airport and Bhogapuram Airport in Andhra Pradesh, Datia Airport in Madhya Pradesh.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr V K Singh (Retd) in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Thursday (2 December).
“Additionally, a total of 42 airports/airstrips have been operationalized during the last 3 years under the UdeDesh Ka AamNagrik (UDAN) scheme of Government of India,” the official statement said.
“The responsibility of implementation and sustainable development of airport projects including funding for the same rests with the concerned airport developer,” it added.
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