Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has announced on Thursday (8 February) that the international airport in Jewar, Noida, is set to commence operations by the year's end.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Scindia highlighted India's ascent to the fifth-largest aviation market globally for both domestic and international travel, according to a report from The Indian Express.
He also projected that by 2030, India will secure the third spot in global aviation rankings.
Underlining Uttar Pradesh's aviation development, Scindia noted that the state, which initially had six airports, has witnessed the addition of four more airports since the advent of the Modi government.
Additionally, five other airports are nearing completion.
The Jewar airport, situated in Gautam Buddh Nagar district adjacent to Delhi, is slated to accommodate an estimated 6.5 million passengers annually upon its initial operation, with projections foreseeing this figure to rise to 70 million by 2042-43.
In the recent budget presented by Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, Finance Minister Suresh Khanna announced Rs 1,150 crore for construction work of the International Airport in Jewar, Gautam Budh Nagar.
Scindia further emphasised the significant expansion of India's airport infrastructure, with the number of airports escalating from 74 pre-2014 to 149.
Concurrently, passenger traffic has surged substantially, escalating from 10 million pre-Covid to 145 million, and reaching 152 million in 2023. Predictions indicate that domestic passenger numbers will escalate to 300 million within a few years.
Bhuvan Krishna is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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