In­ter­na­tional air­port in NOIDA

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The Ut­tar Pradesh gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to de­mand a new air­port at Je­war, in the same district as NOIDA and only 100 km from the Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (DIAL). In 2001, Ra­j­nath Singh, now the Union Home Min­is­ter and then UP chief min­is­ter, first pro­posed an air­port there, as did Mayawati af­ter she be­came CM in 2007. This did not make progress be­cause of a clause in the agree­ment with GMR, pre­vent­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of a new air­port within 150 km of IGIA. How­ever, Union Min­is­ter of State for Civil Avi­a­tion Jayant Sinha has said, that “within a few years, we will be us­ing all of the ca­pac­ity (at Delhi). It is nec­es­sary for us to build a new air­port”, while plan­ning for in­creas­ing of ca­pac­ity at the Delhi air­port ter­mi­nals would de­pend on im­prove­ment in air­side ca­pac­ity. “What we agree on is that air­side move­ment will have a bear­ing on the build­ing of a new ter­mi­nal. With Delhi hav­ing three run­ways, it gives us sig­nif­i­cant ca­pac­ity to in­crease the air­side move­ment”. Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, the im­prove­ment in air­side ca­pac­ity would lead to the ad­di­tion of around 70 flights and thus, IGIA’s pas­sen­ger han­dling ca­pac­ity would in­crease to around 90 mil­lion an­nu­ally, from the cur­rent 62 mn, in the next two to three years.

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