The Indian government has approved plans for a second international airport in New Delhi, creating capacity for further cargo transport via the world’s fourth-largest city.
The first phase of construction for the New Delhi airport is expected to cost US$1.6 billion and will cover a 3,000-hectare greenfield site at Jewar in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
“The Noida International Airport will be located 72 kilometers from IGI Airport and 65 kilometers from Hindon Air Force station Ghaziabad. Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority is the implementing authority of the project,” a government spokesperson said.
The government projects that the majority of India’s 40 largest airports will exceed their design capacity within the next ten years and intends to re-open as many as 50 disused airports by 2020.
Photo: Authorities approved a new airport at Jewar. Credit: Wikimedia