Noida, India (Urban Transport News): Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a subsidiary of Zurich Airport International, has appointed US-based company Jacobs Engineering Group as programme manager to oversee the construction of Noida International Airport in Jewar.
The scope of work includes strategic planning, risk management, digital solutions, design and interface management, procurement and contract management, construction management and testing and commissioning of the new greenfield airport in Noida.
According to Zurich Airport International, which won the concession to develop and operate the airport in 2019, the company will invest some US$700m in the first phase of construction, which is expected to complete in four years. Once completed, the Airport will be able to serve approximately 12 million passengers a year. The airport will cover 1,334 hectares on the outskirts of the town of Jewar in Uttar Pradesh by 2024.
To increase capacity to serve 30 million passengers in a year, Zurich Airport Internationa will build the second terminal and runway in the second phase.
Bob Pragada, President of Jacobs Engineering Group said:
Delhi is already one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world and it’s growing quickly. The airport will deliver much-needed aviation capacity for the city, helping to boost tourism, create jobs and support economic development in the region.
He further said that the Noida International Airport would improve connectivity to cities in Uttar Pradesh, which is home to tourist attractions such as the Taj Mahal. The airport will also alleviate congestion at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi’s sole international airport, which is expected to exceed more than 100 million passengers before 2030.
Christoph Schnellmann, Chief Executive at YIAPL, said Jacobs would help his company build a fully digital airport that will be the first net-zero emissions airport in its class, “setting a new standard for sustainable aviation”.
The design of the terminal is prepared by a consortium made up of Nordic – Office of Architecture (Norway), Grimshaw (UK), Haptic Architects (UK) and STUP Consultants (India). Other consultants on the project include Netherlands Airport Consultants, MEP engineer Urban Systems Design (UK), consulting engineer Cowi (Denmark) and Aeon Consultants (India).
In December last year, the Uttar Pradesh government had renamed the airport from Jewar Airport to Noida International Airport and also launched a new logo for the airport. The government has allocated Rs 2,000 crores for Noida International Airport in its state budget for 2021-22.