As the new terminal in New Delhi Airport is not likely to cater the air traffic rise in the future, the Civil Aviation Ministry has agreed to a proposal for setting up a second airport in the outskirts.
While the Palam Airport is adjacent to Haryana border catering the needs of Gurgaon and Delhi, the new airport location is yet to be selected after an expert panel recommendation.
Most probably, the UP border, either NOIDA or Ghaziabad may be chosen but any location within 100 kilometres from Delhi is not ruled out for the purpose as Metro connection may bring down the time taken.
GMR Group, which operates the Indira Gandhi International Airport Ltd in New Delhi, may get the contract for the next airport, said Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma. Since it has majority stake in the venture that operates the Delhi International airport, the right of first refusal will be given to it.
Another requirement is the amendment to the current airport contract that specifies that no airport will be allowed iwthin 150 kilometers. Unless this is amended, new airport within 100-km radius will not be viable.
The Palam Airport handled 40 million passengers in 2014-15 and the number is likely to go up in the next ten years unless another airports takes care of the air traffic.