Durgapur: Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL) announced today that Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted the ‘Aerodrome License’ to its Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (KNI Airport) in Durgapur-Andal region in West Bengal on April 24, 2015. Having obtained this final approval from the authority of Indian civil aviation, the airport will now become India’s first operational private Greenfield airport under the country’s Greenfield Airport Policy. It is noteworthy to mention here that this Aerodrome License will further influence the decision makers of the country’s major airline operators, those which were already considering including KNI Airport as a promising location in their respective route planning maps. The country will soon witness the Airport commercially operating and improving air connectivity across Bengal and pan-India. The 650-acre Airport is the centrepiece of the 10,000 Cr. Aerotropolis, currently in the making, the first of-its-kind infrastructure development in India and also 6th such infra project in the world.
Partha Ghosh, Managing Director, Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited, further commented, “A special mention is a must for our partners Changi Airports International who have shown utmost confidence in our vision and supported us throughout our journey with their technical expertise. We hope to create a benchmark in terms of operational excellence and today’s DGCA’s license is a step forward towards the commencement of operations from the Airport at the earliest.”
This Airport will fill in the missing link that, until now, had isolated Asansol-Durgapur region from the hub-bub of an emerging economy increasingly based on speed, agility and long-distance connectivity. Planned economic activities in the airport–region will generate thousands of jobs along with a demand for contemporary social and housing infrastructure, which the surroun