JEWAR AIRPORT CAN START BY 202324
The airport that will be built in Jewar can potentially start operations with 15 daily flights by the financial year 2023-24, according to private consultants drawing up a comprehensive feasibility report.
GREATER NOIDA: The consultants appointed to prepare the technoeconomic feasibility report for the Jewar international airport project in its draft report said the airport would commence operations with nine domestic and six international destination flights in 2023-24.
Jewar will commence operations to nine domestic destinations — Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Chennai and Surat. The international flights will be to Bangkok, Abu Dhabi, Kathmandu, Doha, London and Dubai.
The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Authority (YEIDA), the UP’s nodal agency for the project, had in November 2017 selected Singapore-based International agency — PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) — as consultant.
The PwC submitted the draft report to YEIDA officials.
The Union civil aviation ministry had on June 24, 2017, given its approval for building an international airport in Jewar. Since the UP government and the Centre want to inaugurate the airport project before the 2019 general elections, YEIDA has put the project on the fast track.
“The PwC survey said by 2050, the Jewar airport will provide flights to 31 international destinations. The consultant said Jewar airport is an urgent need for Delhi-NCR because the India Gandhi International Airport in Delhi will be exhausted by 2025 as it can only cater to a passenger influx of 109.5 million per year. Jewar airport will begin operations by 2023-24 with an annual traffic of 6.3 million,” Shailendra Bhatia, officer on special duty, YEIDA, said.
The Jewar airport will be ready to cater to an annual traffic of 102.5 million by 2049-50. It is expected to cater to 6.2 million passengers in 2023-24; 9.4 million in 2024-25; 23 million in 2029-30; 39.8 million in 2034-35; 61.5 million in 2039-40; 80.3 million in 2044-45 and 102.5 million in 2049-50.
“Our target is that the report should be ready by March-end and we will begin work on obtaining environmental clearance for the project. The work on the social impact assessment study is already underway. Once it is done, we will begin the land acquisition as the other formalities are already being completed,” Bhatia said.
The survey said traffic at the Jewar airport would increase depending on the increase in economic activity in the country as the two are interlinked.
“Domestic passenger growth is presently at 10% a year and international passenger growth is at 8% a year. The consultant concludes that passenger growth will be at a rate of 9% annually. That means the Jewar airport project will benefit from passenger growth, making the environment conducive for the ambitious project that is expected to fuel the economy along the 165km Yamuna Expressway,” Bhatia said.
The PwC survey said by 2050, the Jewar airport will provide flights to 31 international destinations. It will begin with annual traffic of 6.3 million passengers. SHAILENDRA BHATIA, OSD, YEIDA
Land proposed for an international airport project in Jewar, Greater Noida. According to the project consultant, it will connect nine domestic and six international destinations by 202324.