New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport is likely to have high-speed connectivity with the oncoming Jewar airport in Greater Noida. The government of UP is supportive of a direct link between the two airfields, to make it easy for the large number of passengers landing into one of them to connect with the other, via interlinking flights.
As far as the present scenario is concerned, traveling via road from one airport to the other might cause a lot of flights being missed, after the Jewar airport begins to function in four to five years. Even taking the better organized roundabout Metro network might not be much of a help to passengers having a tight flight schedule ahead.
Prabhat Kumar, Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) chairman says, “A direct link is needed between the two airports. We will soon appoint a consultant to see what this link should be, whether a rapid rail, underground metro or something else”. Kumar is an expert aviator who has previously had a tenure as a senior official with the aviation ministry, following which he was the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
He added, “The consultant will identify a direct link between the two airports which will be in addition to the proposed Metro line which will be extended to Jewar”.
Establishing connectivity between various airports is a conventional practice in cities that have more than one airport, like New York and London. Even now, the time taken to drive between IGIA and Jewar takes more than two hours. One can very well imagine that once the Jewar airport begins its operations and there is much more traffic, commuting by road will take much more time.
The recently validated metro line till Pari Chowk in Greater Noida will be stretched to reach Jewar. The planned link is of an approximate 23 km that links Pari Chowk to YEIDA Sector 20, at a land route level. Although, this will not serve as a feasible alternative for passengers in transit to connecting flights under two to three hour duration. In addition to economic fares, better connecting time is one of the important benchmarks for passengers who book flights.
IGIA is also connected to the Delhi city centre via a high speed metro line. Moreover, Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) is in the process to construct a 5.5-km-long air train connecting terminals 1, 3 and 2 so as to expedite passenger movement between terminals. The average cost of each km of under and over-the-ground metro line is between Rs 500 and Rs 200 crore, respectively.