India’s rail tradition could soon be overshadowed by India’s growing regional air network.
The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation has painted an interesting picture of India’s aviation future.
Apparently India’s Civil Aviation Ministry has aggressive plans for expansion, aiming for 500 operational airports by 2020, compared with the 80 airports that currently handle scheduled flights.
The plans include the redevelopment of currently unused airports and development of Greenfield and cargo airports.
India’s current 448 airports stand it in good stead to be able to meet that target of 500 by 2020. Of these airports, 136 belong the defence, 156 to state governments and 63 are private.
Another advantage of the current infrastructure is that virtually every district in India has an airport, meaning most of the population lives within 100km of an airport.