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‘In-Principle’ approval accorded for setting up of 21 Greenfield Airports across the country

Newdelhi:28/3/22:The government of India has accorded ‘In-Principle’ approval for setting up of 21 Greenfield Airports across the country namely Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Sindhudurg and Shirdi in Maharashtra, Bijapur,Hassan, Kalaburagi and Shimoga in Karnataka, Dabra (Gwalior) in Madhya Pradesh, Kushinagar and Jewar (Noida) in Uttar Pradesh, Dholera and Hirasar in Gujarat, Karaikal in Puducherry, Dagadarthi, Bhogapuram and Orvakal (Kurnool) in Andhra Pradesh, Durgapur in West Bengal, Pakyong in Sikkim, Kannur in Kerala and Hollongi (Itanagar) in Arunachal Pradesh. Out of these, 8 Greenfield airports viz. Durgapur Airport in West Bengal, Shirdi Airport in Maharashtra, Kannur Airport in Kerala, Pakyong Airport in Sikkim, Kalaburagi Airport in Karnataka, Orvakal (Kurnool) Airport in Andhra Pradesh, Sindhudurg Airport in Maharashtra and Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh have been operationalized.

The timeline for construction of airports depends upon various factors such as land acquisition, mandatory clearances, removal of obstacles, financial closure etc. by the respective airport developers. The responsibility of implementation of airport projects including funding of the projects rests with the concerned airport developer including the respective State Government (in case the State Government is the project proponent).

Ministry of Civil Aviation has also launched Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) in October 2016 to stimulate regional air connectivity and making air travel affordable to the masses. The expansion/development of airports under the scheme is ‘demand driven’, depending upon firm commitment from airline operators as well as from the State Government for providing various concessions.

On the basis of four round of biddings under UDAN, 154 RCS airports including 14 water aerodromes & 36 Helipads across the length and breadth in the country including in Uttar Pradesh have been identified for operation of RCS flights. As on 14.03.2022, 66 unserved and underserved airports including 8 Heliports & 2 water aerodromes have been operationalized. The list of 66 operationalized UDAN airports/heliports/water aerodromes is annexed.


List of 66 airports/heliports/water aerodromes operationalized under UDAN scheme.


S No. State Airport
Andhra Pradesh Kadapa
Kurnool Airport
Assam Jorhat
Arunachal Pradesh Tezu
Bihar Darbhanga
Chhattisgarh Jagdalpur
Daman & Diu Diu
Gujarat Bhavnagar
Statue of Unity (W)
Sabarmati River Front  (W)
Haryana Hissar
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
  Mandi (H)
  Rampur (H)
Karnataka Belgaum
  Kalaburgi (Gulbarga)
Kerala Kannur
Madhya Pradesh Gwalior
Maharashtra Gondia
  Ozar (Nasik)
Meghalaya Shillong
Nagaland Dimapur
Odisha Jharsuguda
Pondicherry (UT) Pondicherry
Punjab Adampur
Rajasthan Bikaner
Sikkim Pakyong
Tamil Nadu Salem
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Uttarakhand Pantnagar
  Sahastradhara (H)
  Chinyalisaur (H)
  Gaucher (H)
  New Tehri (H)
  Srinagar  (H)
  Haldwani (H)
West Bengal Durgapur


W- Water Aerodrome

H – Heliport

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh (Retd) in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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