Thursday, October 08, 2020

Jewar airport’s guiding template: Swiss tech, Indian warmth

Greater Noida: Zurich AG, the company that will build the international airport in Greater Noida’s Jewar, has decided its basic operating principle for the project. "Indian warmth alongside Swiss technology will be the core of Noida airport. We will make sure that all passengers who leave the premises enjoy the time spent," said Christoph Schnellmann, chief executive officer of YIAPL, Zurich’s special purpose vehicle for the airport project.

Delhi-NCR’s second international airport will be designed as a paperless and ‘queue-less’ facility that will offer a majority of passenger services through mobile phones. Almost 90% of its annual traffic will be domestic in the first phase, whose expected launch date is 2024.

Daniel Bircher, CEO of Zurich AG’s Asia operations, told TOI on Wednesday the airport will be India’s first with zero carbon emissions that relies on renewable sources of energy like solar and has a fleet of electric vehicles.

Flughafen Zurich (Zurich AG), which is now a 100% stakeholder in its special purpose vehicle Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL), may also bring in an Indian partner at a later date. For instance, Zurich’s neighbouring Aéroports de Paris has a 49% stake in GMR Airports that runs Delhi and Hyderabad airports.

"Zurich Airport has 70 years’ experience of building and running airports globally. Should we decide to rope in a partner, it will be more from a financial point of view to be able to invest in additional airports in India later on," said Bircher, who is also chairman and managing director of the upcoming airport. Both GMR, for strategic reasons, and Adani have been keen on the Jewar airport.

08/10/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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