The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is preparing to commence mega projects of new terminal buildings at 14 aerodromes this year. Five airports/terminal buildings are to be ready this year. They are Jharsuguda in Odisha, Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh), Calicut (Kerala), Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Pakyong (Sikkim).
New terminal building projects to start this year will be at Guwahati, Leh, Patna, Trichy, Vijayawada, Jabalpur, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Srinagar Pune, Lucknow, Mangalore, Dehradun and Jaipur.
AAI will start developing airports under the regional connectivity scheme to make flying more affordable, said Guruprasad Mohapatra.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to have a national strategy for airports development and formulation of model concession agreements amid growing passenger traffic. The passenger traffic in the country is expected to touch 322 million in 2018-19.
The AAI has been working on ways to increase its revenues from various sources amidst the rising passenger numbers and infrastructure requirements. India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world.