Government of India has been aware of the need to improve the aviation infrastructure in the wake of about 25 years of economic growth backed by reforms. With growth comes the need to sustain it for a long period of time and this is possible only when the infrastructural needs of the times are met with. Growth in the air traffic was long anticipated and the fact that aviation sector infrastructure needed a massive revamp was also on cards for some time. Keeping this in view, government allowed for improving infrastructure and facilities at existing airports, creating new ones and even focussing on MRO requirements of the carriers. Private participation was considered inevitable as development had to be scaled up timely. With this objective in sight, private greenfield airport projects were announced in April 2008. Out of these projects, Andal airport is the first one to be completed. PM Narendra Modi will be one of the first persons to fly from this airport when it is expected to be open on May 18, 2015. Here are some statistics of this project:
- First private sector Aerotropolis
- Changi Airports International (CAI) has a 32 per cent stake
- Capacity to handle 1 million passengers per annum, expandable to 2.5 million.
- Runway length is 2800 meters.
- CAT 1 ILS capability
- 4 parking bays and 1 helipad
- Category VI firefighting and rescue capability