Civil Aviation Sector – CA Policy 2016, UDAN, Open Skies, etc.

The looming crisis in airport capacity

  1. The robust growth in air traffic has led to capacity constraints and increasing congestions at the Indian airports
  2. A capacity shortage is looming large, in terms of runway slots, parking bays or terminals, in the years to come
  3. As India is set to become the third-largest aviation market in the world in the next five to seven years, according to consultancy firm CAPA
  4. Thus, it needs to come up with a firm plan to build 50 new airports at an investment of Rs.2.72 lakh crore to handle the growing air traffic
  5. It has to start planning now as the airport capacity constraint cannot be resolved overnight as it involves land acquisition, approvals and clearances, design, construction and urban planning, among others
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