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Noida International Airport’s Master Plan gets final approval

Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL) has secured the final approval for the master plan for Noida International Airport (NIA). The approval was secured from NIAL, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Airports Authority of India (AAI), Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), and necessary environmental authorities.

The plan was developed in close collaboration with aviation consultants Landrum and Brown and experts from Zurich Airport International; and is compliant with the requirements of the concession agreement and the applicable regulations from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), DGCA, AAI, and BCAS.

The master plan outlines key strategies for the development of NIA from the opening day, anticipated in FY 2024-2025, to the end of the 40-year concession period.

The master plan development is foreseen in 4 phases. Phase 1 will see 12 Million passengers per year, 96,400 aircraft movements per year, 2,49,900 tons of cargo handling, 79,900 square meters of space for cargo and logistics, one North runway 3900 metres long, 28 aircraft stands, Terminal 1 of 101, 590 square metres, 3 x 3300 cubic metre of fuel farm, 100,400 square meters of space for General Aviation, 40 acres of Maintenance Repair and Overhaul space and 167 acres of space of Real Estate development.

On the other hand, Phase 4 will see 70 Million passengers per year, 4,89,700 aircraft movements, 1,129,400 tons of cargo handling, 4,07,000 square meters of space for cargo and logistics, North Runway and South Runway 3900 metres and 4150 metres long respectively, 186 aircraft stands, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 totalling 4,88,000 square metres of space, 8 x 6000 cubic metres of space for fuel farm and 1,80,000 square metres of space for General Aviation.

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Once completed, the airport will house two passenger terminals. Terminal 1 will have a capacity of 30 million passengers per year and Terminal 2 a capacity of 40 million passengers per year. The terminals will be interconnected to facilitate the transfer for passengers and minimise walking distance.

NIA will provide sufficient night parking to support the strategic growth of Indian air carriers. They are introducing a swing aircraft stand concept, providing flexibility for airlines to operate an aircraft for both domestic and international flights from the same contact stand, without having to re-position the aircraft.

The NIA master plan also includes provisions for an integrated and seamless road, rail, bus, and metro connectivity. Key connectivity points include the metro extension from Noida to NIA as well as an airport station for the planned high-speed rail link from Delhi to Varanasi. Yamuna Expressway will also connect NIA to the NCR region Agra. The airport will develop a multi-modal transit hub at the Ground Transportation Centre to offer enhanced connectivity between various public and private modes of transport.

Additionally, the master plan also includes the development of a forest park using trees from the project site. It will serve as a space for passengers and visitors to spend their leisure time and become an attractive destination for health/fitness activities as well as for nature-focused recreational activities. NIA will also provide infrastructure and facilities for 100% electrically powered vehicles at the airport in a phased manner.

The master plan also has provisions for General Corporate Aviation facilities, including a VVIP terminal.

Christoph Schnellmann, Chief Executive Officer, Yamuna International Airport, said:

The approval of the master plan is a pivotal milestone, as it paves the way for the development of Noida International Airport for the next 40 years. The master plan reflects the goals and objectives set, by providing solutions that are financially prudent, cost-effective, and commercially sound; at the heart of it remains passenger convenience. We are delighted that we have been able to complete the master planning activity within the agreed timelines, despite limitations due to Covid-19. We are looking forward to developing a world-class airport for the people of India that truly combines Indian hospitality with Swiss efficiency.

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