Jewar International Airport is a greenfield airport coming up in the National Capital Region of Delhi. This airport, when fully operational, will handle 70 million passengers per year and span an area of 3000 Hectares. The first phase is being built on 1334 Hectares.
Jewar is a village in the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh (UP). On October 7, 2020, the UP Government signed a 40-year agreement with Zurich Airport International for operating the airport on a fixed per passenger fee.
Key Features of Jewar International
The airport project is fast gaining momentum. The Airports Authority of India gave the master plan of the airport a green signal in February 2021. In its annual budget presented on February 22, the UP government has allocated INR 2000 Crores ($ 274 Million) towards the project, primarily for land acquisition for Phase 1 and 2.
Here is a gist of the Phase wise Master Plan for Jewar International Airport.
When fully functional, the airport will have two runways with additional four full-length taxi-ways that can also be runways.
Passenger Traffic In Delhi
The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi, has been handling close to 70 million passengers per annum. Last month, the airport announced that the fourth runway would be made operational by September 2021. Passenger terminals 1 and 2 are also being expanded. With this enhancement, the airport would be ready to handle 100 million passengers per annum.
In the last decade, air passenger traffic at IGIA has increased at a CAGR of around 13.4% compared to India’s growth rate of 11.6%.
IATA projects a conservative air traffic growth for India in the coming decade at a CAGR of 3.4%. However, the Delhi area would witness a higher growth rate. We have taken a CAGR of 7% for the Delhi area till 2030. At this rate, by 2028-29, the passenger traffic in Delhi would cross 100 million.
Therefore, it makes economic sense to have a fully functional second airport ready in the next couple of years. Jewar International Airport is the answer.
The Indian government is already opening up International air travel for tourists, which will help revive the passenger traffic.
Connectivity to The New Airport
Providing surface connectivity between IGIA to Jewar International Airport and other city locations is the topmost priority for the authorities.
Dr. Arun Vir Singh, CEO of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Agency YEIDA (The agency overseeing the construction of the airport), had earlier stated –
Our proposal to extend the Greater Noida metro up to Jewar has already been approved. An elevated road from IGI to Jewar is planned, and the U.P. government has written to the Ministry of Urban Development.”
On March 4, 2021, YEIDA announced that it would be signing an agreement with Delhi Metro to provide connectivity from Greater Noida to the airport via driverless Pods. This driverless pod transport system is popular in many western countries and can easily accommodate four to six people at a time per car.
Delhi is truly becoming future-ready and increasing capacity at a frantic pace.
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