The Centre is looking at a six-year plan to upgrade airport infrastructure as country’s metro airports.
Up gradation is imperative as airports in the country are expected to cater to a billion footfalls over a decade from now. Airlines have also announced aircraft induction plans that stretch up to a decade.
"Looking at the passenger growth, we expect the size of the Indian aviation market to grow to about 600 million air passengers annually over 10 to 12 years from now.
"This would mean a billion footfalls at our airports. We are working with a strategy spread over a period of up to six years to ensure that capacity does not become an impediment to the growth in aviation in India," Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told The Economic Times’ recently.
The minister added that the Centre will work on increasing airport efficiency during the first two years.
"This would include looking at Juhu as an alternative and shift out general aviation traffic from the current airport in Mumbai. Between the second and fourth year, we will be carrying out upgrades at airports like Delhi, airports in the northeast and others. Even as we do this, we will keep awarding new airport projects, which will be available post the fourth year onwards”, he was quoted as saying by the paper.
Centre’s plan has come as a breather for airlines in India, which hopes to induct more than 500 aircraft in their fleet through a 10-year period.