Over the years the passenger demand for the airplanes has increased exceedingly. The government is planning to expand the connectivity and build 2nd airports in approximately 100 smart cities across country. More and more people prefer air travel instead of any other mode of travel. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is now requesting the state governments to reserve some land for the construction of the airports.
The construction of the airport needs up to 2000 acres of land. The AAI has been requesting the state governments to reserve and secure the land near the cities, so that there are no constructions on that land and the construction of airports will be easier. The AAI chairman, Guruprasad Mohapatra has said that there is a growth in the aviation sector, and there is a need to erect second airports in many of the major cities in India.
The government is planning to expand the connectivity and establish about 100 airports, double the number of airports present, in the coming 15 years. For this project, there will be an investment estimated to the amount of INR 4 lakh crore. The minister of state for aviation, Jayant Sinha has also said that among these 100 locations, 70 locations will be such where there initially was no facility of airport available. The rest of the locations will be the second airports in the major cities to handle the commercial flights. The cities like Mumbai and Delhi are set to have a second airport, while Vishakhapatnam is also being considered to place a second aerodrome. The other significant cities like Chennai, Kolkata and Pune are also being considered along with some other cities. The other locations will include cities like Jaipur, Guwahati, Delhi-NCR, and many other cities that hold the potential but have no airport at the moment.
The government is planning to expand the connectivity and build 2nd airports in approximately 100 smart cities across country.
Currently, there are 100 operational airports in India and the aviation market in terms of the domestic passengers is growing every day. Jayant Sinha says that Indian aviation market needs to take a long term view in terms of its growing market and domestic passengers. With an aim to bring in as many cities in the aviation map of India, the government will now start the process soon and is expected to be completed in over 15 years.