Noida Airport’s Multi-Modal Cargo Hub Slated To Be Completed By November This Year

The construction of India’s largest integrated multi-modal cargo hub (MMCH) at Noida International Airport (NIA) is progressing rapidly and is set to be completed by the end of November this year.

Arun Vir Singh, the CEO of Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), a body established by the Uttar Pradesh government to oversee this greenfield project, stated, “The work on the multimodal cargo hub at Noida International Airport is progressing swiftly. The ground filling work is complete, the foundation work is underway, and it will be ready by November.”

Spanning 80 acres, this forthcoming cargo hub will offer rapid, convenient intermodal connectivity to and from manufacturing hubs across the country. Developed by Air India SATS (AISATS), a joint venture between Air India Limited and Singapore Airport Terminal Services, this hub is poised to revolutionize cargo logistics in India.

In February 2023, NIA signed an agreement with AISATS for the development of the cargo hub. The project encompasses an integrated cargo terminal combined with an Integrated Warehousing and Logistics Zone. Designed as a versatile logistics hub, it will feature a transshipment center alongside dedicated areas for freight forwarders and integrators. The MMCH will facilitate seamless transportation, supporting road-to-road, road-to-air, and air-to-road operations.

Officials have confirmed that the project is on schedule. The current focus is on constructing superstructures, including pardi wall casting and the installation of pre-engineered buildings (PEBs). The next phase, planned from August to October 2024, will involve final fitting works to ensure the facility is fully operational.

Located in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh, the greenfield airport aims to enhance domestic and international connectivity for Delhi-National Capital Region, Noida, and western Uttar Pradesh. Upon completion, it is set to be India’s largest airport, developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited, a fully-owned subsidiary of Zurich Airport International AG, in partnership with the state government.

Zurich Airport International AG won the bid to develop Noida International Airport in 2019. The concession period officially commenced on 1 October 2021 and will run for 40 years. Tata Projects serves as the engineering, procurement, and construction partner for the airport, which is estimated to cost Rs 5,700 crore. The airport is scheduled to open by the end of 2024, with an initial capacity to handle 12 million passengers annually, with provisions for future expansions.

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