Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the grand inauguration of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. The Noida International Airport (NIA) will be the second international airport to come up in the national capital region, after Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.

 

As per an official press release, the airport at Jewar will help decongest the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in the National Capital. It is strategically located and will serve the people of cities including Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring areas, the release added.

 

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Here are some important facts about Jewar Airport:

 

·       The airport is being developed by Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG's subsidiary Yamuna International Airport Private Limited for the Uttar Pradesh government.

·       The first phase of the project is spread over 1,300 hectares and would cost more than Rs 10,000 crore, it is expected to be ready by October 2024.

·       The cost for the Jewar Airport is estimated to be around Rs 30,000 crore.

·       The Noida airport will be India's first net-zero emissions airport.

·       It will be the fourth largest international airport in the world and the project would create more than one lakh job opportunities, according to the Uttar Pradesh government.

·       Once completed, this will be Asia's biggest airport.

·       This will be the fifth international airport in Uttar Pradesh on completion.

·       The airport at Jewar will help decongest the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in the national capital. It is strategically located and will serve the people of cities including Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring areas.

·       This is also the first time in India, an airport has been conceptualised with an integrated multi-modal cargo hub.

·       The airport, the second international aerodrome in Delhi-National Capital Region, is expected to be operational by September 2024 with an initial capacity to handle 1.2 crore passengers per annum.

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