Agra and Gautam Budh Nagar would be the main contributors to the volume of passengers to the airport. Among the other places that stand to gain due to better connectivity are Shimla, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Gwalior, Adampur and Bathinda.
The UP government is of the view that once the airport begins functioning from 2022, air travel rates in the state will increase significantly. Air traffic in the state is currently growing at a rate of 28.8 percent.
Under the UDAN scheme UP will get 11 new additional airports in the next 15 months. With the Jewar airport becoming operational in 2022-23, the spurt in the air traffic would be phenomenal, the state's civil aviation minister Nand Gopal Gupta said.
Mr. Gupta added that 13 new routes will connect the Allahabad with rest of the state.
With the final approval from the Centre coming through last week, the UP Civil Aviation Department is now working on the bid process for construction of the Greenfield airport near Jewar amid indications that the bids could be called in August.
The airport is expected to handle 60 lakh passengers by 2022-23, when the first phase of the project is slated to be ready and one crore passengers annually by 2029-30.
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