The civil aviation ministry has given its clearance to four greenfield airports, including the Rs 1,378 crore international airport at Dholera in Gujarat, which is expected to reduce air traffic load at the existing Ahmedabad airport.The three other greenfield airports are proposed to be set up in Andhra Pradesh, with two of them likely to be no-frills ones.
The environment ministry has already given its clearance to the project at Dholera last year.
“Site clearance, which is the first clearance, was given on Monday for the Bhogapuram airport in Andhra Pradesh which is about 40 km from Vizag,“ civil aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said on Monday .
A greenfield airport is a new airport which is constructed on an undeveloped site. Dholera airport, which would be developed in 3,525 acres owned by the state government, is expected to have two runways and the terminal building will have a capacity for 1,200 domestic and internationa passengers. The new airport at Dholera, which is about 100 km from the Gujarat’s commercial hub is expected to reduce air traffic load at the existing Ahmedabad airport which has no space for expansion o terminal and construction of the second runway .
In 2014-15, Ahmedabad airport handled 5.05 million passengers, including 1.22 million international travellers. By 2023-24, the volume o passengers at Ahmedabad is ex pected to go up to 6.77 million.
The ministry has also given its go ahead for development of a greenfield airport in Nellore and Kurnool districts of Andhra Pra desh under a public-private partnership, Choubey said.
The GMR-run Rajiv Gandhi In ternational Airport at Shamsabad near Hyderabad and GVK Group run Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru are green field airports.