Jewar airport, on the outskirts of New Delhi, is looking to start operations by the end of September 2024. Zurich Airport International AG won the bid to develop Noida International Airport, a single runway facility designed to handle 12 million passengers a year, in 2019.
September 30, 2024, is “is the date we are working towards,” Christoph Schnellmann, chief executive officer of Noida International, who has been associated with Zurich Airport since 2007, said in an interview with Moneycontrol.
Initially, a majority, or around 90 percent of the traffic, is estimated to be made up of domestic passengers, he said.
Schnellmann said Zurich Airport saw itself primarily as an operator of airports and not as a financial investor and expressed confidence in the potential of India’s aviation market.
“We are very confident in the growth story of the aviation industry. We see aviation in India and we see strong demand; we expect that to continue. We are here to stay”
Before joining Noida International Airport, Schnellmann worked for Swissport International, the world’s largest provider of ground handling and cargo handling services, with responsibility for the group’s operations at over 100 airports in Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Schnellmann was also involved in the opening of Bangalore International Airport, India’s first public-private partnership airport, which opened in 2008.
In 2013-15 he served Zurich Airport International on an assignment in Kazakhstan as chief operating officer of the Airport Management Group.
Information credits to Moneycontrol.
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