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14 new Greenfield airports have been granted ‘in-principle’ approval by the Indian government. The airports will come up in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Puducherry and Gujarat. The Sikkim hub will become the state’s first airport.

Route Dispersal Guidelines (RDG) of air transport services have been outlined, with respect to needs specific to different regions in the country. However, the airlines will be able to choose whether to operate in these regions, depending upon their commercial viability.

The Greenfield airports will be financed and developed by the airport developer, as per the Greenfield Airport Policy, 2008. Of the new airports to be developed, four will be in Karnataka, located in Shimoga, Gulbarga, Hassan and Bijapur, and a further three will rise in Maharashtra, located in Navi Mumbai, Shirdi and Sindhudurg.

The other states and territories will each see one new airport, including Mopa in Goa, Kannur in Kerala, Pakyong in Sikkim, Datia/Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, Karaikal in Puducherry and Dholera in Gujarat.