Union Government mulls to build 200 low cost airports

The Government of India (GoI) announced to build 200 low cost airports in the next 20 years.

  • Objective: To expand connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III cities.
  • Benefit: The development of low-frills airports will significantly reduce the cost of operations.
  • Plan of Aviation ministry: To build 15 Greenfield airports, beside constructing low-cost airports.
  • The Airports Authority of India has plans to invest Rs.1,500 crore for developing non-metro airports.
  • At present, the non-metro airports accounts for just around 30 % of the country’s total air traffic, but the percentage is expected to jump to 45 % within the next few years.

Note: The Union Government also planned to invest over $120 billion  in the development of airport infrastructure , improvement in connecting infrastructure , development of world class air navigation services infrastructure and other related activities to improve the air connectivity.

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