Jewar Airport Trials Set for June as NIAL Nears Phase One Completion

Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) announced on Tuesday (March 19) that trial runs at the Jewar airport are slated to commence by the end of June, marking approximately 80% completion of phase one. NIAL, overseeing the construction of the greenfield Noida International Airport in Jewar, briefed the Uttar Pradesh government in a recent meeting, revealing that the runway is finalized, with 80% of the project now accomplished.

Arun Vir Singh, CEO of NIAL, informed the media, “We have apprised the Uttar Pradesh government that essential facilities, including technical equipment, will be installed within the next three months. We aim to initiate trial runs on the runway by either June-end or early July, with our target being the commencement of flight operations by September-end 2024.”

Out of the total budget of Rs 10,056 crore, NIAL disclosed that approximately Rs 7371.51 crore has been utilized for the development of the greenfield airport. Flight-related equipment is set to be installed on the runway and at the air traffic control (ATC) tower in April 2024. NIAL officials also mentioned that the civil work on the ATC is nearly finished, with final touches currently in progress.

Moreover, the state government has directed local agencies, including Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida) and NIAL, to construct a Metro line for connectivity between Noida airport and the rest of Delhi/National Capital Region (NCR). Yeida has already enlisted the services of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to prepare a detailed project report for a feasibility study.

In addition to Metro and road connectivity, authorities are exploring the implementation of a pod taxi system and a rapid rail corridor to enhance connectivity between the airport and the rest of the NCR.

With a focused approach to providing shorter turnaround times and low operating costs to airlines and cargo/logistics providers alike, the airport has awarded contracts to Roseate Hotels and Resorts to build a 220-room property and to Air India SATS (AISATS) to develop a multi-modal cargo hub (MMCH) at the airport.

The state-of-the-art infrastructure will cater to the catchment area of Noida International Airport and will facilitate trade in northern India. Spanning over 80 acres of land, this upcoming cargo hub will provide quick, convenient, and intermodal connectivity to and from the country.

The MMCH will comprise an Integrated Cargo Terminal (ICT) combined with an Integrated Warehousing and Logistics Zone (IWLZ) and will feature various modern and efficient facilities.

Christoph Schnellmann, CEO of Noida International Airport, said in a conversation with LI in November last year, “We are currently identifying other strong and experienced partners to operate key services such as retail, food and beverage, and other non-aeronautical services. We have just partnered with TajSATS, which will construct and operate the in-flight kitchen facility using a Design, Finance, Build, Operate, and Transfer (DBFOT) model for a period of 37 years. NIA is well-positioned to become a major hub for air travel in India. We are confident that the airport will be an asset to the region and to the country.”

The airport has been able to make remarkable progress so far despite facing the most unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 during the very initial phases of airport construction.

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