With Noida International Airport, UP will become the only state in India to have five international airports; Key points

The 5th airport in the state of Uttar Pradesh is soon going to be a reality in Noida. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying down the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, on 25 November at 1 pm. 

The airport which has already begun its construction work spread over more than 1300 hectares of land. The first phase of development of the airport is underway at a cost of Rs 10,050 crore. With the foundation laying ceremony, Uttarpradesh is going to become the first state in India with 5 International airports. 

As per the statement from a release, it is said that for the first time, an airport in India has been ideologically constructed with an integrated multi-modal cargo hub, with a focus on reducing the total cost and time for logistics.

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Here are some of the key points about the airport:

  1. As it has already started its construction works, the airport project is expected to be completed by 2024 and it will be implemented in 4 phases.
  2. The fifth international airport is to come up at Jewar near Noida in the National Capital Region. It is estimated that the first phase of the airport, would have the capacity to handle 1.2 crore passengers a year. 
  3. This will be the second international airport in Delhi NCR. With the implementation, the congestion at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport could be eased. 
  4. By the end of phase 4, the airport is likely to serve 70 million passengers depending on the traffic and growth at that time.
  5. It will be India’s first net-zero emissions airport. 
  6. All major nearby roads and highways like the Yamuna Expressway, Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Delhi-Mumbai. The airport will also be linked to the planned Delhi-Varanasi High-Speed Rail, enabling the journey between Delhi and the airport in only 21 minutes.

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister had said that the project will boost commerce, connectivity, and tourism. It is however an opportunity for many to avail job in different areas of airport duties. Job opportunities will come not just from work at the airport but also from allied industries like storage, defense, and food. Currently, Uttar Pradesh has eight operational airports, while 13 airports and seven airports are being developed. The state already has three operational international airports in Lucknow, Varanasi, and Kushinagar.