Uttar Pradesh government has signed a concession agreement with Zurich Airport to commence the development of Noida International Airport (NIA) at Jewar.

Following this, Zurich Airport acquires license to design, build and operate NIA for a period of 40 years. It is scheduled to open in 2024.

NIA will be developed under a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The greenfield airport will operate as a fully digital airport, enabling smooth and contactless travel experience for passengers.

This will be the first net zero emissions airport in its class, setting a new standard for sustainable aviation.

SP Goyal, additional chief secretary, CM and Civil Aviation Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh said: “The construction of NIA will support economic growth through job creation in the state, while making it the most preferred destination for domestic as well as global investors in the upcoming years.

“We look forward to supporting the Zurich Airport International team to jumpstart this mega project, which will reinforce the economic progress of the state of Uttar Pradesh.”

Daniel Bircher, chief executive officer, Zurich Airport International (Asia) said:

“The signing of the concession agreement marks an important milestone in the development of the NIA. When phase 1 development is completed in 2024, we will provide capacity for 12 million passengers per year.”

Further elaborating on this project, Arun Vir Singh, chief executive officer, Noida International Airport said:

“We are pleased to sign the concession agreement with Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL) to commence work on the airport. This world-class airport will not only connect western UP region with other domestic and international destinations, but also provide additional capacity to Delhi NCR region.”