India’s flight to a two-airport system will be riddled with turbulence
Updated Nov 25, 2021 04:09 am
- As Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone for the Noida International Airport, India will inch closer to a two-airport system. It is expected to bring in more competition, improve services, and boost local economies. But there are concerns that the private sector-led expansion could create regulatory minefields if it’s not executed with utmost care.
- In August this year, when the Noida International Airport’s nodal officer Shailendra Bhatia showed up at the site of the upcoming Noida airport on the outskirts of Delhi, he knew that he was up against a very challenging task. Just a few kilometers away, a massive farmers’ protest was underway in the full media glare. He was entrusted with the job of convincing the people living in the surrounding area.