Renowned firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which was hired to prepare a detailed techno-economic feasibility report for the proposed Greenfield international airport at Jewar revealed that the airport will not only bring Kanpur and Allahabad closer to NCR under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN but is also going to benefit nearby neighbouring states.
According to UP civil aviation minister Nand Gopal Gupta, “Under the UDAN scheme UP will get 11 new additional airports in the next 15 months. With the Jewar airport becoming operational in 2022-23, the spurt in the air traffic would be phenomenal.”
He further said that 13 new routes will connect Allahabad to the rest of the states. Among the states which will boost the volume of passengers to the proposed Jewar Airport are Agra and Gautam Budh Nagar. Apart from this other states which will see enhanced connectivity to NCR are Shimla, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Gwalior, Adampur, and Bathinda.
As per the UP government, air travel rates in the state will significantly increase, once the airport will start functioning from 2022. In a latest report, it has been predicted that air travel from the Delhi NCR region is expected to increase manifold in the coming years. This growth will be determined by various factors such as natural growth in air travel demand due to economic progress and model shift from railways to air.
Last week, the Aviation Ministry has given their In-Principle approval to construct the second airport of Delhi-NCR in Jewar. The UP government has formed a seven-member expert committee to complete the necessary formalities of land acquisition along the Yamuna Expressway. Once the process will be completed, district administration will start the land acquisition process by June.
It is also projected that by 2050, the airport can serve 37 domestic and 31 international destinations.