Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Noida International Airport at Jewar in Uttar Pradesh. With this, Uttar Pradesh will become the only state in India to have five international airports.
The development of Noida International Airport is in line with the vision of PM Narendra Modi towards boosting connectivity and creating a future-ready aviation sector. Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that Noida International Airport will be Asia’s biggest airport
A special focus of this grand vision has been on the state of Uttar Pradesh that is witnessing the development of multiple new international airports including the recently inaugurated Kushinagar airport and the under-construction international airport at Ayodhya.
This airport will be the second international airport to come up in Delhi-NCR. It will help decongest the IGI Airport. It is strategically located and will serve the people of cities including Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad, and neighboring areas.
The airport will develop a Ground Transportation Centre that will feature a multimodal transit hub, housing metro and high-speed rail stations, taxi, bus services, and private parking.
This will enable seamless connectivity of the airport with the road, rail, and metro. Noida and Delhi will be connected to the airport through hassle-free metro service.
All major nearby roads and highways like the Yamuna Expressway, Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, and others will be connected to the airport. The airport will also be linked to the planned Delhi-Varanasi High-Speed Rail, enabling the journey between Delhi and the airport in only 21 minutes.
Noida International Airport will also house a state-of-art MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhauling) Service. It will be India’s first net-zero emissions airport. It has earmarked dedicated land to be developed as a forest park using trees from the project site. NIA will preserve all native species and be nature-positive throughout the development of the airport.
The development of the first phase of the airport is being done at a cost of over Rs 10,050 crore. Spread over more than 1300 hectares of land, the completed first phase of the airport will have a capacity to serve around 1.2 crore passengers a year, and work on it is scheduled to be completed by 2024.