To ease the increasing air traffic and strain on existing airport capacities, 100 more airports are to be made operational by 2024 under the UDAN scheme. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said while presenting the Union Budget 2020-21 on February 1st, 2020.
Sitharaman said that the number of aircraft with scheduled airlines is expected to double to over 1,200 by the same time. The move is to promote domestic travel and include those areas which haven’t been connected so far.
The Finance Minister also said Rs 1.7 lakh crore has been provided for transport infrastructure in 2020-21. The government aims to have 1,200 planes by 2023-24.
The Economic Survey 2020 said that 16 private greenfield airports, 15 Airport Authority of India airports, 31 heliports and 12 water dromes would be developed beside using 46 idle airstrips.
Six airports – Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mangaluru and Thiruvananthapuram – have been taken up for development under the Public Private Partnership model.
On the other hand, five greenfield airports – Durgapur (West Bengal), Shirdi (Maharashtra), Pakyong (Sikkim), Kannur (Kerala) and Kalaburagi (Karnataka) – were successfully operationalised this financial year.
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