The government is working to ensure that the metro cities have two or three airports, Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation said recently. “The Delhi airport is adding a fourth runway, a fourth passenger terminal and another passenger terminal. In addition, the Hindon airport (on the outskirts of Delhi) will be ready to receive flights by March. Besides that, the under construction Jewar airport will have two runways. Similarly, we are working hard to have a Navi Mumbai airport, which will also have two runways and should be ready sometime by 2021-2022,” the Minister said at the India Aviation Summit.
Sinha added that in Bengaluru, the airport is expanding rapidly, with the addition of a second runway and terminal, while a new terminal has been commissioned in Chennai. The minister added that airport infrastructure is to see committed investments of around $14-$ 15 billion over the next few years, with the State-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) looking at a capex of around Rs. 25,000 crore. The Minister also indicated that while the private sector will be involved in airports in the metros, AAI will look at creating heliports and seaports among others.
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