Development work on the Noida International Greenfield Airport is progressing as scheduled. The first flight from the upcoming airport in Jewar is expected to take off by December 2023 or January 2024. CEO of Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), Arun Vir Singh was quoted in a media report saying that the resettlement, as well as rehabilitation of over three thousand families who are getting displaced due to the airport project, is expected to be completed by May 2021. On December 18, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath had approved the airport’s name, design and logo. The airport will be developed by Switzerland-headquartered private company Zurich Airport International AG while the project’s development will be monitored by NIAL, a nodal agency floated by the state government of UP.
The airport’s concession agreement was signed on October 7, 2020 and the project’s master plan was to be submitted within the next 60 days. On December 04, the project’s master plan was submitted to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for its comments. Once it is sent back by the Ministry, the NIAL Board will take it up for approval after which the airport’s construction and development work would begin. Flight operations are scheduled to commence within three years of the signing of the concession agreement. According to officials, the upcoming Jewar airport, in the first phase, the airport will have two runways and a capacity for handling 12 million passengers per annum. Eventually, the airport will have five runways and a capacity of 70 million passengers per annum when completed at an estimated cost of 29,560 crore. The rehabilitation and resettlement of these displaced families whose land has been acquired, will cost the government around 350 crore.