The Indian government has granted “in-principle” approval for the development of 14 new greenfield airports.
The airports will be created in Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Puducherry and Gujarat. Significantly, the Sikkim hub will become the Himalayan state’s first airport.
The government has also laid down Route Dispersal Guidelines (RDG) of air transport services, taking into account the needs of different regions of the country. However, India’s airlines will be able to choose whether to provide services to these regions, depending on their commercial viability.
The financing and development of the greenfield airports will be the responsibility of the airport developer.
Four of the new airports will be developed in Karnataka, located in Shimoga, Gulbarga, Hassan and Bijapur, and a further three will rise in Maharashtra, located in Navi Mumbai, Shirdi and Sindhudurg.
The other states and territories will each see one new airport, including Mopa in Goa, Kannur in Kerala, Pakyong in Sikkim, Datia/Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, Karaikal in Puducherry and Dholera in Gujarat.