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Delhi airport to see Rs 9,000 cr investment to boost capacity

An investment of Rs 9,000 crore is expected to be made in Delhi airport in the coming years, according to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, as the aerodrome operator looks to boost capacity.

The Indira Gandhi International Airport Ltd (IGIL), the country’s busiest aerodrome, is projected to handle 70 million passengers this year.

Naidu on Tuesday said that the Delhi airport would be spending about Rs 9,000 crore to boost capacity and handle 100 million passengers per annum.

He was speaking here after unveiling two publications about Delhi airport.

“I am given to understand that since GMR took over this airport, the number of air traffic movements has gone up by 250 per cent, passenger numbers have gone up by 400 per cent,” Naidu said.

Connectivity is the key to economic growth, he added. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the Delhi airport is expected to handle 70 million passengers in 2018 and the numbers would touch up to 11 crore (110 million) the coming years.

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