With Jewar, UP to have most international airports

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Noida International Airport in Jewar on Thursday, UP with five international airports will have the highest number of such terminals in the country.

This comes days after the PM inaugurated the Kushinagar international airport to put east UP on a global tourist map.

The Yogi Adityanath government also seeks to fast track the Ayodhya international airport even as the state gears up for the assembly elections in the next few months.

Earlier, only Lucknow and Varanasi were categorized as international airports in UP.

Chief Minister Yogi, who is scheduled to visit the inauguration ceremony site in Ruhi village on Tuesday, will hold a meeting to oversee the preparations. Touted as one of the flagship projects in the National Capital Region, the Jewar airport is projected to come up as a big civil aviation hub with four helipads and five runways. Constructed over an area of more than 3,000 acres, the airport will be built and operated by the Switzerland-based Zurich Airport International AG.

In the first phase, which is scheduled to be completed by 2024, the airport will have the capacity to handle 12 million passengers per annum.

The airport is also projected to ease out air traffic congestion at the IGI international airport in Delhi.

Projected as India’s largest airport after its completion, the NIA is located about 72 km from the existing IGI airport in New Delhi, 40 km from Noida and about 40 km from the multi-modal logistics hub at Dadri. It will have multi-modal connectivity.

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