The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has outlined a plan to invest about USD 2.67 billion in upgrading airport infrastructure in the country, especially in smaller cities, over the next three years.
A senior AAI official commented: “We are not making investments in just smaller airports but also in airports like those in Kolkata and Chennai. While work on upgrades at many airports has begun, work at some of the others will begin soon.” The official added that the investment is being made in improving runway capacity as well as building terminal capacity. “We are also building a lot of parking bays at airports like Kolkata to provide enough parking for new aircraft that airlines plan to induct,” said another official. State-owned AAI is set to add 273 aircraft parking spaces at 24 airports to help resolve the impending parking woes of airlines. Over and above the upgrade plan, the AAI is also working on plans to build new airports in Gujarat’s Rajkot, Jharkhand’s Dhalbhumgarh, and in Hollongi and Halwara in the northeast of India.