Noida International Airport (NIA) is set to undergo a substantial expansion, with the Uttar Pradesh government approving the acquisition of an additional 1,200 hectares of land. This expansion will boost the airport’s total area to an impressive 7,750 hectares, making it one of the largest globally, following King Fahad International Airport in Saudi Arabia and Denver International Airport in the United States.
The proposal for this substantial expansion was submitted by the Noida International Airport Ltd (NIAL), a government body overseeing the project. These changes will be integrated into the Master Plan 2041 before being presented to the state government for approval. The primary objective of this expansion is to cater to the future needs of the aviation industry, particularly in airplane and spare parts manufacturing.
The new land acquisition is set to take place over the next one-and-a-half months and will encompass the area currently occupied by six villages, namely Ahmadpur Choroli, Mangaroli, Sadullapur, Bhavokra, Alabalpur, and Dyouar. Out of the initial 6,554 hectares earmarked for the airport and aviation hub, approximately 4,752 hectares will be acquired in four phases.
The first phase, spanning 1,334 hectares, is reserved for the Noida International Airport, which is already under construction. The second phase, covering 1,365 hectares, is designated for a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) hub, with the land acquisition process already in progress. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) will soon issue a request for proposal (RFP) to select a concessionaire for the development of the MRO facility.
Social impact assessments (SIAs) are a key part of the project, with the third and fourth phases of expansion (1,318 hectares and 735 hectares, respectively) subject to this process. The remaining approximately 1,800 hectares fall under government ownership.
Arun Vir Singh, the CEO of NIAL and YEIDA, stated that the government is actively working on policies to attract aircraft parts manufacturers and establish a dedicated policy for the aviation industry, similar to the exclusive policy for the MRO industry. This forward-thinking approach aligns with the aim of making NIA a global aviation powerhouse.
The expansion of Noida International Airport reflects the state’s commitment to being at the forefront of aviation’s evolution. As the project takes shape, the airport is poised to become a major player in the global aviation arena.