Navi Mumbai airport to be operational by mid-2020, announces Devendra Fadnavis; nine more airports across state in pipeline

Mumbai: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said that the Navi Mumbai airport is likely to be operational by the mid-2020.

File image of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

File image of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

Speaking at the Global Aviation Summit, Fadnavis also said that as many as nine more airports are in the pipeline in the state besides the Navi Mumbai airport. "The Navi Mumbai airport will be operational by mid-2020," Fadnavis said. The airport has the capacity to add 1 percent to our GDP, he added.

While Pune airport is being developed to cater to one of the major IT hubs in the country, Nagpur airport is being developed for its strategic location in national and international flight routes, he further said. All metros in India are around an hours distance from Nagpur by flight and this connectivity has called for more attention to its infrastructure development, the chief minister added.

A passenger and cargo hub will also be created in Nagpur, Fadnavis said adding the state is looking to increase cargo capacity to 40 percent by 2025 from 28 percent at present.

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Updated Date: Jan 18, 2019 17:54:40 IST

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