In a bid to reduce air traffic load the Civil Aviation Ministry has given clearance for four Greenfield airports.
(Civil Aviation Minister – Ashok Gajapathi Raju)
- The three other Greenfield airports are proposed to be set up in Andhra Pradesh, with two of them likely to be no-frills ones.
- One airport worth Rs. 1,378 crore will be international airport at Dholera in Gujarat.
- The Ministry has already given its nod for development of a Greenfield airport in Nellore and Kurnool districts of Andhra Pradesh under a public-private partnership.
About Dholera Airport
Dholera airport would be developed in 3,525 acres owned by the state government is expected to have two runways and the terminal building will have a capacity for 1,200 domestic and international passengers.
- It will be about 100 km from the Gujarat’s commercial hub & is expected to reduce air traffic load at the existing Ahmedabad airport, which has no space for expansion of terminal and construction of the second runway.
What is a Greenfield Airport?
Greenfield Airport means a new airport which is built from scratch in a new location because the existing airport is unable to meet the projected requirements of traffic.
- India’s first private Greenfield airport project is Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (KNIA) at Durgapur in West Bengal which has been developed by Bengal Aerotropolis Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL) with the technical expertise from Singapore based Changi Airports International.
The projects which are modified or upgraded from existing facilities are called brownfield projects.