AAI signs air traffic services agreement with Noida International Airport

Airports Authority of India (AAI), the national airport’s operator, will provide air traffic services at the upcoming Noida International Airport at Jewar in Greater Noida. As per sources, the first phase is expected to be commissioned by 2024. 

An agreement to this effect was signed between the AAI and Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL) on February 28, AAI said. YIAPL is a special purpose vehicle set up for the development of the greenfield Noida International Airport at Jewar. As an Air Navigation Services Provider, AAI is the only entity statutorily empowered to provide air traffic services in the country.

“AAI is pleased to partner with Noida International Airport and is upbeat about these kinds of challenging projects, which will open new gateways of operating multiple major airports in the vicinity of each other catering to the Metros,” said A K Pathak, Member (Planning) at AAI.

Mumbai and Navi Mumbai are lined up for a similar approach, he said, adding AAI has already signed a pact for CNS-ATM services with Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIAL) in 2018. Under the pact with the Noida International Airport, AAI will plan, procure, install and commission the CNS/ATM equipment and facilities and provide air traffic services at the upcoming airport, AAI said.

AAI signs air traffic services agreement with Noida International Airport

Besides, the facility will also be equipped with Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems and ATS Automation Systems which will enable situational awareness and provide decision support to Air Traffic Controllers for all-weather operations, it stated.

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The Noida International Airport (Jewar) is expected to be commissioned by the year 2025 and AAI will be associated with the airport operator in all three phases covered under the CNS-ATM agreement such as the pre-commissioning, commissioning, and the operational phase, as per the statement.

The Noida International Airport (Jewar) is expected to be commissioned by the year 2025

The airspace design and flight procedure design will be undertaken collaboratively under the Air Space Management (ASM) Directorate of AAI with the participation of the New Delhi Air Traffic Control Centre and the airport operator, it added. AAI said it is also expected to deploy its ATC and ATSEP (Air Traffic Services Engineering Professionals) workforce to meet service standards. 

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The airport will plan and build all relevant aeronautical facilities according to national and international norms prescribed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). A joint coordination committee of NIA and AAI will monitor the implementation of the agreement.

“CNS/ATM agreement with the AAI is yet another milestone in ensuring cost-efficient aeronautical processes and the development of Noida International Airport. We are looking to partner with AAI to ensure safe, efficient and cost-effective ATM services for the airlines operating at the upcoming airport and provide customer-focussed airport operations in a collaborative environment.”

Christoph Schnellmann, CEO, Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL)

YIAPL – a 100% subsidiary of Zurich Airport International – has been incorporated as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to develop the airport at Jewar. The company is responsible for implementing the public-private partnership (PPP) project together with the Government of Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi Okhla Industrial Development Authority and Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority.

The airport will start with two runways by 2024 under phase I and it will have five runways on completion to full capacity.

Zurich Airport International AG, the concessionaire of the Jewar airport project, will invest about INR 30,000 crore and has got 40 years to fully develop the project.

Under the public-private partnership model, the concessionaire will design, build, finance, operate and transfer the project to the government after 40 years. The airport will start with two runways by 2024 under phase I and it will have five runways on completion to full capacity.

Construction of Noida International Airport began in November 2021. Expected to be completed by 2024, it will be India’s largest airport, with a capacity to handle 5 million passengers yearly.

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