India plans to open 100 airports in five years
India is planning to open 100 additional airports by 2024, as part of a plan to revive economic growth in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The proposal, which includes starting 1,000 new routes connecting smaller towns and villages, was discussed at a meeting last week to review infrastructure needed by 2025, the people said, asking not to be identified as the discussion is private. Steps to start a plane-lease financing business in the country was also discussed, they said.
With economic activity at a six-year low and prospects of further slowdown looming, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen to double down on infrastructure projects in a bid to revive growth and achieve a target of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2025. Last month, the go nment cut corporate tax rates, putting India on par with some of the lowest in Asia, to help compete with the likes of Vietnam and Indonesia for investments amid global trade tensions.
India’s plans to expedite airport development still trails that of China’s, which has set a goal of having 450 commercial airports by 2035, almost double the number at the end of 2018. A spokesman at India’s civil aviation ministry was not immediately available for a comment.
The proposal by India’s state think tank also includes boosting the number of locally trained pilots to 600 a year and double the domestic aircraft fleet to 1,200 during the period, the people said.
The Indian go nment has committed investments of 1 trillion rupees to build airports in the next 5 years.
Just three years back, only 75 of India’s 450 runways were functional, as airlines avoided flying to smaller, World War-era airstrips in smaller towns. But Modi’s subsidy program, which partly funds airline losses while capping fares on remote routes, has helped add as many as 38 airports to the nation’s aviation map at the start of this year, while contracts were given to airlines to start flights to a further 63 airports with no or limited connectivity.
While the lure of India -- with an emerging middle class flying for the first time -- has attracted companies such as Singapore Airlines Ltd. and AirAsia Bhd. to set up local units, provincial taxes in the nation make jet fuel one of the most expensive in the world. The go nment is aware of the high taxation burden and higher jet fuel prices, and will rationalize the tax re gie as soon as next year, the people said.
India will also encourage the use of drones -- for which it announced a policy this year allowing unmanned vehicles to fly beyond the line of sight -- and sees the number of legal drones reaching a million by 2024, the people said. The country will prepare drone corridors by 2021, and allow delivery of goods by drones by 2023, they said.
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Kindly think about the People who pays full price ticket and still travel by standing or by hanging condition, no complain about the airports but we have to think about other end as well.
What the point of building 100 or 10,000 airports unless there''s demand for it and airlines willing to fly to them? Many airlines have cancelled routes even when they were subsidised by UDAAN program, opening additional airports without further strengthening India''s economy makes no sense. India should focus on vitalising Tier 2 cities considering Tier 1 cities are becoming too crowded and unlovable with the infrastructure crumbling under its own weight.
Good. But many citizens are impacted by these airports?
this is really great development, but same time go nment has to understand the situation of city roads. even in cities like mumbai also road infra is worst throughout the year and not only in monsoon.
Air travel will be slower than road/rail travel for such small distances. For example when going from Pune to Mumbai in plane. It took 2 hours to reach airport which is outside city. 1 hour for checking in airport and 1 hour flight and 1 hour in Mumbai airport. It took just 2 hours by bus which leaves from most localities and just one and half hours by train which goes from city centre to city to city centre.
100 airports in five years ? Impossible, this is fake news ?
Waiting for the Railway infrastructure to improve. Trains must run at average speed of at least 100 kmph. Need massive investment in this sector.
Plzzzz upgrade the exsisted, with better features and facility plz improve.
Great plan to build 100 airports. This means buying more planes, more pilots required, more skilled labor. Is there a plan to build and manufacture passenger planes. There is a severe shortage of pilots and skilled labor. Has the Government made any plans for manufacture of planes in India and alleviate the severe shortage of pilots and skilled labor. Otherwise the 100 airports will just add to the import bill and increase the trade deficit.
100 AIRPORTS TO DO WHAT? TWO PRIVATE AIRLINES WENT UNDER. OIL COMPANIES REFUSE TO SELL OIL TO AIR INDIA.THE UDAN PROGRAM HAS BEEN AN UTTER FAILURE. WHAT PURPOSE THE 100 AIRPORTS ARE GOING TO SERVE. OR IS IT ONE OF THE CATCHY SLOGANS --- ACHHE DIN COMING?????
Jagdish Kumar Bhargava
Good idea, but some attention should be paid to the rail passengers also who travel in unreserved classes in sub human conditions.Infact , there is a need to improve rail travel than air one .
Agree with your views. very well said
The go nment should also focus on the software part. Humans man and run these hardware. They need proper training. From the maintenance people to Immigration and customs. Many do not have the proper skills to how to interact with the public. How to react when there is an accident or crisis etc. - Pay attention to this software aspect.
There are so many assumed articles coming up with fancy title to attract readers with statement like " from reliable source of information .... " etc without any basis. We people starts commenting about these so called imaginary articles !!!
India needs solar powered Bus stations and Bus stops more than airports. Many of the Railway Stations could also host vegetable and other agri products shops for direct sale to the consumer. These Mobile shops could be E-Vehicles which are allowed into the station premises. Fresh Agri Graduates could undergo compulsory Internship by serving as Business Advisors to a cluster of ,say, 5 Villages advising them on best management practices on soil conservation, selection of crops based on market intelligence, organising mechanised farming by pooling resources, etc. He would be paid by the 5 villages on a fixed and variable salary,. India also needs to plan and execute a NO DROUGHT - NO FLOOD ANYWHERE IN INDIA PLAN,NO MATTER AT WHAT COST. JaI HIND !
Airports are already in majority of tier II cities, 100 more! Tier II cities need to be listed, if they''re 100.
Don''t believe any of such assumed articles from " so called reliable sources " These are written from A/C Cabin without any basis.
Fools r pessimistic, opec will be out of business in near future as their r running out if oil. With shale oil, we can hv stable oil for next 3000 yrs. Modi is doing great. Finance Ignorants don''t understand the importance of airports
Are you too having a degree in entire political science from delhi university? Or from yeal university?
When oil prices are so volatile and Deccan Airways, Kingfisher, Jet airways failed or went bankrupt and govt pampering Air India with tax payer money, they better understand airlines is not viable business in India. More airports - more oil imports. First find a solution to these before adding more airports.
Do you really believe such articles from " so called reliable resources " without any basis ??
First get basic jobs. Think tank.
Hope it does not turn into White Elephants and ghost-towns ! I would like to know what research and studies has the Govt done to come up these numbers. Put those arguements for coming up these numbers. Based on what projections have they come up these ? No doubt this might give a boost in employment in the short term, but what is the usefulness of these airport. There are many areas in the present infrastucture they can improve on but why built the airports. Is Sunil to commute everyday by flight then take the bus or the train ?
If you vote for uneducated and bogus academic background scums you get these results. Bogus airports which will serve nothing and nobody.
These airports will only serve Adani
This is a bogus article. And a false one at least at the headline. modi is just upgrading existing old and small airports in smaller cities that were earlier used for Vayudoot and helicopter services. Not a big deal at all. And this will not help in making 5 trillion $ economy. And at the end of 5 years only 10 out of 100 airports will be operational. We know all the bluffs. Delivering goods by drones is another bluff. We just got to be used to listening to bluff after bluff by this govt.
Does the go nment wants to declare that since we do not have a total of 450 airports, we are not able to become a 5 trillion economy? Another stupid reason to justify it''s own failure.
Cities that matter already have airport. Why waste money to contractors who will win the contract with ill means and then will be compelled for party fund. Anyways Adani is already now bidding for airport business....