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India’s largest Greenfield airport to launch next year

February 22, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA), India’s largest Greenfield airport spread on 1,160 hectares of land in Navi Mumbai, across the Mumbai harbour, is scheduled to launch by end 2019.It’s also close to Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), a major hub port of India that handles 55 percent of Indian’s container cargo.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while laying the foundation stone for NMIA on Sunday: “India’s on a progressive path and we have pledged to put all pending infrastructure projects on fast track. Indian aviation is the fastest growing aviation market in the world. The first flight from Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) will take-off by December 2019 to augment the facility at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). Along with other planned supportive infrastructure, Maharashtra will be the first trillion dollar economy in the country”

With all eight approvals in place, work on NMIA has already begun and it’s first phase will open next year with a capacity to handle 10 Million Passengers per Annum (MPPA). It can handle 60 MPPA on completion at a cost of Rs 167.04bn ($2.58bn). CSIA is currently handling 45.2MPPA and is fast reaching its saturation level. Together, both airports will be able to handle predicted air traffic of 100 MPPA by 2034.

Indian Primie Minister Narendra Modi at the ground breaking ceremony of Navi Mumbai Inditernational Airport 

NMIA will have two parallel runways of 3700x60m with holding bays and can handle 78 aircraft movements with 13,300 passengers during peak hour.

Indian Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju said: “India’s aviation sector is growing at 20 percent annually. Domestic market has become third in the world, moving from 9th position two years ago. National Aviation Policy is making flying affordable to citizens and is also promoting tourism. The efficient Mumbai International Airport is falling short of capacity due to growing air traffic and a second airport has become essential.” Indian domestic passenger segment is at third position, just behind that of the US and China.

GVK Power & Infrastructure Limited, through its subsidiary Mumbai International Airport Private Limited, holds 74 percent equity in the Public Private Partnership project of NMIA. Balance 26 percent equity is held by City Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) of Maharashtra.

The state with India’s commercial capital is expected to become a trillion dollar economy by 2025. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said: “We expect the opening of new international airport to add one percentage point to Maharashtra state’s GDP.”

Navi Mumbai, the planned suburbs of Mumbai, will additionally be linked to Mumbai with 22km long Mumbai Trans Harbour Link. Metro train connections from NMIA to different parts of the city and a Special Economic Zone will add to the economic activity. Steps are also being taken by Indian government to modernise and facilitate other airports in Maharashtra state.

Prime minister also inaugurated the fourth container terminal at JNPT that was constructed ahead of schedule at a cost of Rs 79.15bn ($1.22bn). The port is close to the proposed new airport.

Written by Anand & Madhura Katti

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