Thursday, November 02, 2017

Centre developing 25-year masterplan for airports

The government is developing a comprehensive 25-year masterplan for airports in the country to keep pace with air traffic growth, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said today.

The infrastructure at some of the top airports in the country is crippling while there has been a consistent double digit growth in domestic air traffic for the past three years.

According to a recent study, the structural capacity of airports in the country is likely to be breached in the next five years.

"We are developing a comprehensive masterplan for our airports because traffic continues to grow strongly and will continue to do so. Even if we grow at 10 per cent we will see massive requirement as far as airport capacity is concerned," Sinha told reporters at the 2nd Aero Expo India 2017.

According to a study last month by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), the country's airport system is expected to exceed its maximum structural capacity by FY 2022.
It noted that 10 aerodromes under the Airports Authority of India are already operating "beyond their design capacity", while other aerodromes at Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata will reach their maximum capacity in the next one year to five years.
The CAPA estimated that India will need an investment of upto USD 45 billion to create an additional capacity of handling 500-600 million passengers at its airports by 2030.
02/11/17 PTI/Economic Times

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