Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Fact check: No, Noida’s Jewar airport won’t be Asia’s largest airport

Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi could lay the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport on November 25, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur claimed that the upcoming airport in Jewar, Uttar Pradesh, will be Asia’s largest.

In 2019, 15 airports in the world reported passenger traffic of over 7 crore and of these seven were in Asia with the most passenger traffic reported by China’s Beijing Capital International Airport of more than 10 crore passengers.

Beijing was followed by Dubai International Airport (8.6 crore), Tokyo’s (Japan) Haneda Airport (8.55 crore), Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China (7.6 crore), Guangzhou BaiYun International Airport in China (7.3 crore), Hong Kong International Airport (7.1 crore) and Incheon International Airport in Korea (7.1 crore).

But, according to the Techno-Economic Feasibility Report done for the airport at Jewar by PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited for Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, the airport can have a maximum capacity of 7.7 crore passengers annually. Despite this higher estimate, the airport may still not bag the top spot as three airports in Asia have already hosted more than 7.7 crore passengers.

While Noida International Airport is estimated to have a total area of 1,334 hectares and is being lauded for its size, King Fahd International Airport in Saudi Arabia holds the Guinness World Record for being world’s largest airport with an area of 78,000 hectares.

It is bigger than the nearby country of Bahrain, which itself has three airports. And, more importantly, it is almost four times the size of Noida, which spans over 20,316 hectares.

01/12/21 Gautam Doshi,

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