The government also has plans to develop 100 airports by 2024 under the UDAN scheme.
Indian Minister of State for Civil Aviation General V K Singh has said that modernisation and upgrade work is currently underway at the country’s existing Brownfield Airports.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said that the work includes development activities at Delhi, Lucknow, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Mangaluru airports.
In a statement, the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation said: “Upgradation/ modernisation of airports is a continuous process and is undertaken by Airports Authority of India (AAI) and other airport operators from time to time depending on the availability of land, commercial viability, socio-economic considerations, traffic demand/willingness of airlines to operate to/from such airports.”
The AAI and other airport operators have committed approximately Rs980bn ($11.87bn) to improve the airport sector in the country.
As part of the project, AAI will invest more than Rs250bn ($3.03bn) while the remaining will be incurred by private airport operators/developers by 2025.
Works include the construction of Greenfield Airports and new terminals, as well as activities such as existing terminals’ renovation and expansion, and runway improvements among others.