Uttar Pradesh Set to Lead in Aviation Sector with 21 Airports

On 7th February, 2024, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister revealed that the state is poised to become the first in India to host 21 airports, underscoring the rapid expansion of aviation infrastructure across the region.

Key Points

  • Remarkable Growth Trajectory: Chief Minister highlighted the significant strides made by Uttar Pradesh in aviation infrastructure development during a session in the state assembly, emphasizing the ongoing expansion in land, water, and air sectors.
  • Transformational Progress: Union Minister of Civil Aviation previously noted the remarkable transformation of Uttar Pradesh's aviation landscape, citing a substantial increase from 6 airports in 2014 to 10 airports, including the recent inauguration of the Ayodhya airport.
  • Upcoming Airport Additions: By the following month, Uttar Pradesh is poised to add 5 more airports, with each in Azamgarh, Aligarh, Moradabad, Shravasti, and Chitrakoot. Additionally, Jewar International Airport is slated for completion by the end of 2024, further enhancing the state's aviation connectivity.
  • Budget Allocation for Noida International Airport: The Uttar Pradesh government allocated Rs 1,150 crore for the upcoming Noida International Airport in the state's Budget 2024-25. This significant investment underscores the commitment to developing state-of-the-art aviation infrastructure.
  • Development Phases: The Noida International Airport project will commence with the development of 230 acres, including 75 acres for commercial purposes and 155 acres for industrial use.
  • The airport aims to commence commercial operations by the end of the current year, facilitating enhanced connectivity and economic growth in the region.
  • Strategic Importance: Uttar Pradesh's ambitious aviation expansion initiatives reflect its strategic vision to bolster economic development, promote tourism, and strengthen connectivity both domestically and internationally, positioning the state as a key player in India's aviation sector growth.