Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), which is developing country's first regional airport in Asansol district of West Bengal, is looking at Ludhiana for making a Greenfield international airport.
The company has done pre-feasibility study and also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Punjab government, BAPL chief marketing officer Sunil Nair has said. "The international airports in Amritsar and Chandigarh have reached the saturation point and the state would soon need another airport to adjust the growing domestic and international air traffic," he added.
"As much as 16% of the passenger traffic flying out of Amritsar and Chandigarh comes from Ludhiana, so the city needs an airport of its own," said Nair. The BAPL is developing Kazi Nazrul Islam airport at Andal near Durgapur in Asansol district, first private greenfield airport, in partnership with the Singapore's Changi Airports International. The airport is expected to be operational from the first quarter of the next fiscal.
The greenfield airport projects are for places that have a population of more than 1 crore. "The number of these cities is growing and they would need an airport sooner or later," Nair said.