The DGCA granted Jaipur International Airport Limited an aerodrome license, and as a result, the airport has started an expansion drive.
An airport operator is granted the license in order to ensure total control of the airport in accordance with the concession agreement. The license was previously held by the Airport Authority of India (AAI). Adani Group, a private company, that has been running the Jaipur airport since October 2021 is now the new holder of the license.
Starting in October 2021, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) handed over control of the Jaipur International Airport to the Gautam Adani-led Adani Group. The Indian government has leased the airport to the organisation for 50 years.
“We have received the Aerodrome license for Jaipur International Airport Limited (JIAL). Now the complete management of the airport lies with us in accordance with the concession agreement. Major customer-centric changes have been made at the airport and now we are looking for expansion.”
“The airport management has conducted an extensive survey at Jaipur airport which revealed that present passenger traffic of 50 lakh per annum will reach 1 crore by 2025. Considering future requirements, the management is now planning to reopen Terminal- 1 which has been non-operational for the last 10 years.”––Senior Officer, JIAL
The official added that when Terminal 1 is open, charter flights, air ambulance flights, and some international airlines will fly from there.
Additionally, he said that Terminal-1 would be built along the same lines as Terminal-2, which is currently in use. On the lines of T-2, a sizable IT infrastructure, food and beverage services, retail establishments, environmental sustainability and zero carbon emission measures, as well as security precautions, will be in place.
According to environmental regulations, the Jaipur airport is creating a mini-forest close to Dudu town, where 4,400 trees will be planted and cared for five years. According to the official, the action is being performed legally while considering any potential damage to vegetation caused by the Terminal 1 development.
Nearly Terminal 2, the airport management has put in 50 branded retail stores, an electronic assistance desk, new e-boarding gates, automated parking, and transportation systems where private cab companies like WTI, Ola, and Uber can operate.
Work has included planting trees, and switching out older vehicles for electric ones, and this month at T-2, a public charging station for EVs will be unveiled.
Moreover, modern technology has been added to new radars and runway visibility systems. Similar amenities will be made available at the soon-to-be-opened T-1.
The airport management has also stated that it needs roughly 240 CISF security officers in order to make T-1 operational, which is expected to begin operating in about six months.
According to Gautam Adani, their airport expansion plan will assist link Tier 1 cities in their country with Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities using a hub-and-spoke design. It is essential to making foreign travel seamless and easy and enabling a deeper bridging of India’s urban-rural divide.
With the purchase of the aerodrome license, the expansion plan will move forwards and the airport will undergo significant customer-focused adjustments.