President M. Venkaiah Naidu called for greater investment to improve the
country's infrastructure and said that the Delhi airport will soon be investing
nearly Rs. 9,000 crore.
was speaking here after unveiling two publications about Delhi airport. “I am
given to understand that since GMR took over this airport, the number of air
traffic movements has gone up by 250 per cent, passenger numbers have gone up
by 400 per cent. Connectivity is the key to economic growth,” Naidu said.
airport is operated by DIAL — a consortium of GMR Group, Airports Authority of
India (AAI) and Germany’s Fraport. The GMR group-led consortium began operating
the aerodrome in 2006.
Airports Executive Director I Prabhakara Rao said an investment of Rs 9,000
crore would be made at Delhi airport in three to three-and-a-half years. The
airport handled 63.5 million passengers in 2017-18 and has around 1,300 flight
movements every day. “The airport employs over 1 lakh people directly and
another 5 lakh people indirectly,” he added.
Group Chairman G M Rao said that the Delhi airport is estimated to cross 80
million passengers annually by 2020 and surpass Heathrow airport.
Vice President unveiled two publications — ‘The Economic Impact of Delhi
Airport’ and a Coffee Table Book on 10-year journey of Delhi airport. The
Economic Impact Study has been done by the National Council for Applied
Economic Research. As per the report, the airport is expected to generate
employment for over 40 lakh people, including indirectly, by 2025-26.
impact on value added after taking into account direct, indirect and induced
effects will work out be Rs 2,40,356 crore by 2025-26 (equivalent to 0.60 per
cent of estimated national GVA),” an spokespersons of DIAL said.