The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has urged the Odisha government to go in for a greenfield international airport keeping in view of the growing requirement of the State.
The AAI has asked the state government to identify suitable land for the development of the new airport. The approximate land requirement for the new project is around 1,500-2,000 acres. The preferred location is in the vicinity of Bhubaneswar.
The airport proposed to be established within 20-30 km of Bhubaneswar, could be set up on the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
The present airport has no scope for expanding the existing runway, stretching up to 2,742 meters. Wide-bodied planes are unable to land at the city airport. The new airport would be equipped to handle jumbo jets like Boeing 777 and Boeing 747,” said the official.
“Our first priority is to identify suitable land. AAI has not spelt out investment plans for the proposed airport. There is a possibility of developing it on the PPP mode. This would be the airport for the future, catering to the traffic requirement of the state for the next 15-20 years and beyond”, said a senior government official.
The Centre had accorded an international status to the Bhubaneswar airport in October 2013. The Biju Patnaik Airport that belongs to AAI is suitable for operation of Code ‘D’ aircraft of type B-767-400. The airport is also equipped with facilities for night operations, besides offering an apron area allowing the parking of six aircraft and navigational aids.