Simple Flying - Gaurav Joshi

The new airfields are expected to fuel the country's growing aviation sector.

India's aviation regulator has stated that the country could add nearly 80 new airports in the next four to five years. India's annual aviation sector growth rate currently sits at around 9% but is likely to reach double digits in the coming years.

In the last eight years alone, the number of airports in the country has increased from 74 to 141. This number is expected to shoot up to around 220 in the next half a decade with all the new airports that have been planned.

The aviation ministry has given 'in-principle' approval to set up 21 greenfield airports across the country. Some of these include Mopa in Goa; Navi Mumbai, Shirdi, and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra; Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Hassan, and Shivamogga in Karnataka; Dabra in Madhya Pradesh; Kushinagar and Noida (Jewar) in Uttar Pradesh; Dholera, and Hirasar (Rajkot) in Gujarat.

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