Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar in line with his government’s vision to “boost connectivity” and create a “future-ready aviation sector”. With the Noida airport, set to be completed by 2024, Uttar Pradesh is poised to become the only state in India to have five international airports.

The Noida airport will primarily help decongest the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and is strategically located to serve Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring areas. According to a PMO statement, this is the first time that an airport in India has been conceptualised with an integrated multi-modal cargo hub, with a focus on reducing total cost and time for logistics.

The Noida International Airport will be completed in four phases. The first phase of the record-breaking airport is expected to be completed in 36 months and the airport will be operational till 2024. The time required for completion of all four phases is estimated to be 20 years from now and it will be constructed at a whopping expense of 29,560 crore rupees.

The airport is expected to bring in investments of over 35,000 crore rupees in the state of Uttar Pradesh and will generate over 1 lakh jobs for the residents. The new airport can handle up to 12 million passengers per annum in the 1st phase and over 70 million passengers once completed.

Noida and Delhi will be connected to the airport through hassle-free Metro service, as well as major nearby roads and highways like the Yamuna Expressway, Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and others will be connected to the airport. According to the PMO, the design of the airport is focused on low operating costs and seamless transfer processes for passengers.

The Noida airport is introducing a swing aircraft stand concept, providing flexibility for airlines to operate an aircraft for both domestic and international flights from the same contact stand, without having to re-position the aircraft, the statement said.

The airport is also targeted at becoming India’s first net-zero emissions airport.

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