Indian Civil Aviation Authority gives clearance to four greenfield airports

3 January 2016 (Last Updated January 3rd, 2016 18:30)

The Indian Civil Aviation Authority has given approval for the construction of four greenfield airports, three in the state of Andhra Pradesh and one in Gujarat.

The Indian Civil Aviation Authority has given approval for the construction of four greenfield airports, three in the state of Andhra Pradesh and one in Gujarat.

Gujarat will have its Rs13.78bn ($208m) international airport project built at Dholera, Ahmedabad.

The project has already received environmental clearance from the Environment Ministry last year and is expected to reduce the air traffic at the existing Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.

"The site clearance, which is the first clearance, was given on Monday for the Bhogapuram airport in Andhra Pradesh which is about 40km from Vizag."

Spanning over 3,525 acres of land owned by the state government, the airport will have two runways while the terminal building will cater for 1,200 domestic and international passengers.

Of the three greenfield airports at Andhra Pradesh, one will be constructed at Bhogapuram near Visakhapatnam, and the other two at Kurnool and Nellore.

The Kurnool and Nellore airports will be operated under a public-private partnership and would cut off every non-essential services to lower the fares.

The airport at Bhogapuram is expected to cover an area of 5,000 acres.

Civil Aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey was quted by PTI as saying: "The site clearance, which is the first clearance, was given on Monday for the Bhogapuram airport in Andhra Pradesh which is about 40km from Vizag."

Each airport would take six years of time to complete, three years for acquiring the lands and another three for the construction work.

Kerala will have its fourth international airport in the Malabar district next year, which will be built on a public private partnership.