DELHI- The forthcoming Noida Airport (DXN) is expected to establish direct connectivity with Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). The Uttar Pradesh government has given the green light to a Rs 16,000 crore rapid rail corridor, connecting the two airports as well as various other areas of Delhi.
The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) is currently in the process of developing a detailed project report, which is scheduled for completion by March.
Noida Airport Connectivity
“According to Shailendra Bhatia, Nodal Officer at Noida International Airport Limited, the completion of the upcoming connectivity project is anticipated to take four years from the commencement.
This initiative is poised to significantly enhance the appeal of the greenfield airport, enabling it to capture overflow passenger traffic from Delhi Airport. With its inaugural flight expected later this year, the Noida Airport has already secured agreements with IndiGo and Akasa Air for flight operations.
Operated by the GMR group, Delhi Airport contrasts with Noida Airport, where Zurich Airport has secured the contract for operations. In various global cities with multiple airports, high-speed rail networks are commonly implemented to facilitate smooth passenger transfers.
As per the proposed plan, the Noida airport link will extend from the Ghaziabad station, serving as one of the interchange stations for the Delhi Meerut Rapid Rail Transport. Passengers will have the convenience of connecting to the under-construction Delhi-Alwar Rapid Rail via Sarai Kale Khan, the originating station for the Delhi-Meerut Rail.
The completion of the Delhi-Alwar rail, expected by mid-2025, will feature a station at Indira Gandhi International Airport, along with Aerocity.
“This link is pivotal for enhancing the airport’s connectivity, including with other road networks. The establishment of a high-speed connection between the two airports and the Delhi area is crucial to expanding the airport’s catchment area.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has approved the project, as highlighted by Bhatia, who mentioned that the total travel time is estimated to be around 80 minutes.
Before settling on the Noida rapid rail, alternative options, such as an express metro directly connecting the two airports, were considered but deemed financially unfeasible.
Bhatia further noted that other public transport systems, including high-speed bus corridors, are in development to connect the airport with cities like Delhi and Gurgaon. He emphasized the planning of a multi-modal transport connectivity for the airport.
Officials at Noida airport emphasized that such connectivity improvements will enhance the airport’s appeal to airlines looking to initiate operations.
Government-backed initiatives of this nature are seen as beneficial by airport officials during pitches to both domestic and international airlines.
CEO Christoph Schnellmann stated that the airport is set to become operational by the end of the year. Ongoing activities include runway asphalting and paving, installation of the baggage system, and plans to accelerate construction in the coming months. Additionally, collaborative efforts are underway with partners to develop retail and food and beverage experiences at the airport.”
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