Tuesday, October 17, 2017

India's airports will be at breaking point by 2022

Air travel in India is growing at an incredible pace. The bad news? Its airports can't keep up.
The country's biggest hubs are already operating at 70% of capacity, with New Delhi and Mumbai at more than 80%, according to a new report by the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation. Passenger numbers are likely to exceed capacity by 2022, it said.
Just six airports -- Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad -- handle two thirds of the country's air traffic, according to government data. Mumbai is already "close to saturation" and is expected to hit its maximum capacity by 2019, CAPA said.
Those cities have earmarked around $5 billion over the coming years for expansion, or to build second airports, but that's only a fraction of how much they will need to avoid bursting at the seams.
CAPA estimates India will need to invest as much as $45 billion on top of that by 2030.
Bangalore, for example, received 2.9 million passengers more in the last fiscal year than it is currently built to handle, and is planning to double its 20 million capacity over the next three years.
16/10/17 Rishi Iyengar/CNN