Yamuna International secures development plans for NIA

The operator is expected to implement initiatives in line with its sustainability goals, whilst focussing on connectivity  

Yamuna International Airport Limited (YIAPL) has secured final approval plans for the development of Noida International (NIA).  

This new scheme was created in collaboration with aviation consultants, Landrum and Brown, as well as personnel from Zurich Airport International.  

The plan outlines the strategic direction for the development of NIA, from its opening day – which is expected to take place between 2024 and 2025 – and the end of the 40-year concession.  

Yamuna International
Photo Yamuna International Airport Limited 

YIAPL hope to make the hub into a site that specifically focusses on air travel, high speed rail, metro and road transport. The government of Uttar Pradesh has expressed that it would like to expand the operations to accommodate five runways, rather than two which was previously planned.  

Christoph Schnellmann, chief executive officer of Yamuna International Airport, believes the approval of the new plans is a “pivotal milestone”. 

He continues: “The masterplan reflects the goals and objectives set, by providing solutions that are financially prudent, cost-effective, and commercially sound; at the heart of it remains passenger convenience.  We are delighted that we have been able to complete the master planning activity within the agreed timelines, despite limitations due to Covid-19.  We are looking forward to developing a world-class airport for the people of India that truly combines Indian hospitality with Swiss efficiency” 

Upon completion, the airport is set to have two passenger terminals. The first is expected to have the capacity of 30 million passengers per year and T2 should be able to house 40 million. These two sites are planned to be interconnected to help facilitate the movement of travellers, minimise walking distances and reduce environmental impacts.  

Building works for T1 are set to take place over two stages, with the first to accommodate 12 million passengers per year and the second for 18 million.  

The design of the hub focusses on low operating costs, as well as fast transfer processes. The operator plans to implement night parking on the premises to support the growth of Indian carriers.  

NIA is also set to become a key cargo gateway for North India, with an integrated multi-model freight facility to establish Uttar Pradesh as a prominent figure on the global logistics map.  

Connectivity is also a priority, as the plans include the implementation of integrated road, rail, bus and metro services. A ground transportation centre is currently being developed, which is expected to house an array of public transport amenities.  

In terms of sustainability, the proposal highlights that a forest park should be constructed for passengers to spend leisure time, whilst becoming a prime location for fitness activities. Electrically powered vehicles and green infrastructure are also plans to help the airport stay in line with its environmental aspirations.