According to government data; as a result of the opening of the Leh airport and of the new terminal buildings at the Pune and Dehradun airports at the end of next year, the passenger handling capacity of Indian airports possibly increases by more than 22.5 million per annum.
In addition to the new terminal building at Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport having been inaugurated on October 9, the construction of the new Pune Airport terminal building is scheduled to conclude by August 2022 and Leh’s new airport will likely become operational by December next year.
Dehradun’s new terminal building will have a floor area of 28,729 square meters, with the capacity to handle 1,200 passengers during peak hours, doubling the airport’s capacity.
Moreover, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union minister of civil aviation, said in September the Leh airport will be able to handle 2.5 million passengers per annum. India’s airports will be able to handle 19 million passengers per year with the addition of a new terminal building at Pune that covers more than 500,000 square feet and is capable of handling a massive amount of traffic.
Jyotiraditya Scindia set eight policy targets in the first week of September, including the opening of five new airports, six heliports and launching 50 new commercial routes through the UDAN scheme, or ‘Udey Desh Ka Aam Nagarik’.
Scindia had said at the time that the 100-day plan would take effect from August 30 to November 30 and would include 16 key points, four of them belonging to infrastructure, eight to policy targets, and four to reforms.
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