Monday, October 09, 2023

Aviation ministry plans development of 6 ‘Twin City’ airports by 2030

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation is looking at developing six ‘Twin City’ airports by 2030 in order to decongest existing airports located at major cities and expand the airport infrastructure to address burgeoning demand for air travel.

So far the ‘Twin City’ airport development plan has been undertaken in Delhi-National Capital Region, with under development Noida International Airport at Jewar (Greater Noida), complementing Delhi International Airport, D. B. Patil International Airport at Navi Mumbai complementing Mumbai International Airport and the recently operationalised Manohar International Airport complementing Dabolim Airport in Goa.

According to an official from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, state governments such as Tamil Nadu have approached the ministry to set up new greenfield airports in addition to an existing one in their major cities.

“TIDCO (Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation) has approached the ministry for the development of a new greenfield airport,” said Joyanta Chakraborty, Director at Ministry of Civil Aviation to ET Infra on the sidelines of a roundtable conference on airport sector organised by India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd.

“Like in Delhi NCR, we will have Delhi and Jewar, in Mumbai we will have Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and along with Mopa and Dabolim and we are looking at around six such twin city airports by 2030, 15 by 2040 and maybe 30 plus by 2047,” said Chakraborty.

In a reply to a question in Parliament in July, General V. K. Singh (Retd), Minister of State for Civil Aviation, outlined that Tamil Nadu has submitted an application to the ministry for grant of site-clearance for development of a greenfield airport at Parandur, Kancheepuram District in Tamil Nadu. Parandur is located at a distance of about 60 KM from Chennai International Airport.

According to Chakraborty, the proposal has been shared with the Airports Authority of India, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and a steering committee on greenfield airports headed by the secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation will be evaluating it.

09/10/2023 Dev Kachari/ET Infra

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