Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Airport Authority of India moots new international airport in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Keeping an eye on the rising air traffic in the country, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has proposed a new greenfield international airport in Odisha.

Due to certain limitations in the expansion of the Biju Patnaik International Airport, building a new airport is significant to handle the potential surge in air traffic in future.

The AAI has asked the state government to identify suitable land for the development of the new airport. The approximate land requirement for the new project is around 1,500-2,000 acres. The preferred location is in the vicinity of Bhubaneswar.

The airport proposed to be established within 20-30 km of Bhubaneswar, could be set up on the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

"After the state government identifies the land, we will do the technical feasibility study", said an AAI official.

The present airport has no scope for expanding the existing runway, stretching up to 2,742 meters. Wide-bodied planes are unable to land at the city airport. The new airport would be equipped to handle jumbo jets like Boeing 777 and Boeing 747," said the official.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government has stepped up its efforts to locate a suitable site for the proposed project.

"Our first priority is to identify suitable land. AAI has not spelt out investment plans for the proposed airport. There is a possibility of developing it on the PPP mode. This would be the airport for the future, catering to the traffic requirement of the state for the next 15-20 years and beyond", said a senior government official.
19/091/7 Jayajit Dash & Niramalya Behera/Business Standard