Multi-modal connectivity, cargo hub planned for upcoming Noida International AirportA multi-modal connectivity, integrated cargo hub and facilities for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft are among the key features of the master plan for the upcoming Noida International Airport (NIA).

Developer Yamuna International Airport (YIAPL), a 100 percent subsidiary of Zurich International Airport AG, had announced securing approvals from all agencies of the Central as well as Uttar Pradesh government to go ahead with the greenfield project in Jewar.

The master plan reflects the goals and objectives set by providing solutions that are financially prudent, cost-effective and commercially sound; at the heart of it remains passenger convenience.

YIAPL has been able to complete the master planning activity within the agreed timelines despite limitations due to COVID-19. The airport will be developed over an area of 5,000 ha in four phases over a period of 40 years, and have two runways initially but is likely to expand to five.

As per the master plan, the airport will have two terminal buildings with the first having a capacity to handle 30 million passengers annually. The second terminal will have a capacity for 40 million passengers annually.

The Terminal 1 (T1) building will be spread over 1,01,590 sq mtr while Terminal 2 (T2) will be in 3,86,410 sq mtr. The passenger capacity has been kept at 12 million per annum for Phase-I of development which will expand to 70 million passengers per annum after Phase-IV. The two planned runways North and South will be 3,900 mtr and 4,150 mtr, respectively, in length.

The NIA has the potential to become a key air cargo gateway for North India. The airport will develop an ecosystem that consists of the state-of-the-art infrastructure and product offerings supported by best-in-class procedures that incorporate Swiss efficiency, simplicity, and quality.

For multi-modal connectivity, the NIA master plan includes provisions for an integrated and seamless road, rail, bus, and Metro connectivity.

Some of the key strategic connectivity points comprise the Metro extension from Noida to NIA as well as an airport station for the planned high-speed rail link from Delhi to Varanasi. The Yamuna Expressway will also connect NIA to the NCR region and the city of Agra.

The NIA will also develop a multi-modal transit hub at the ground transportation centre to provide seamless connectivity between various public and private modes of transport.

The GTC will house Metro and high-speed rail stations, taxi, bus services and private parking along with large concourse area housing commercial spaces, restaurants, among others.

The airport will have a major facility for MRO of aircraft which would spread over an area of 40 acre.  The MRO facility would be developed in Phase-I itself.

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