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Price water house Coopers (PwC), who won the bid to prepare the techno-feasibility report for the proposed international airport at Jewar, has suggested, that the airport will get at least 41% passenger traffic from NCT Delhi and around 26% from Uttar Pradesh.

The preliminary report was recently submitted to the YEIDA chairman Prabhat Kumar. The report has been prepared after studying a 150km area across 42 districts in multiple states.

Shailendra Bhatia, officer on special duty at YEIDA has said that the report had studied Delhi NCT and several districts across UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand. He further said, “While the projected traffic for NCT of Delhi was 41%, UP was 26%, Haryana 25%, Rajasthan 5% and Uttarakhand 3%. The 42 districts include Saharanpur, Meerut, Agra, Bijnore, Alwar, Moradabad, Karnal, Sonipat, Faridabad, Hathras, and Mathura.”

As per the report by 2022-23, the airport would cater to 6.2 million passengers, when it is expected to become operational. The number of passengers at Jewar will touch the 39 million mark in the first 10 years of operation and become around 102.5 million in 2050.

Arun Vir Singh, CEO, YEIDA said, “Close proximity to the proposed airport was taken into account besides the demand of the hinterland. The agency has been asked to prepare a more detailed report and submit it in the second week of March.”

In the recently concluded investors summit, it was decided that the proposed airport will now be developed as a full-fledged aviation hub. Spread across 5000 hectare of land, the airport will have four runways, a flying and training institute, and cargo and Aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) system.

It has been expected that the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) will reach its saturation point with a 100-million passenger count by 2024-25, which will give rise to the need for a second airport in NCR. Also, the civil aviation ministry expects Jewar airport to give a boost to connectivity in the whole of western Uttar Pradesh, which will in turn increase tourism and economic potential of the region.