Mithakhari, Dundus Point and Calicut probable sites identified for alternate airport

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Port Blair
18 Nov 2018

Having felt the need to have an alternate airport at South Andaman owning to the fact that within the next couple of years, the existing VSI airport may reach to a point where it may not be able to handle the growing  number  of passengers, the A&N administration, in a smart move, has mooted a proposal for an alternative airport in South Andaman.  Apart from civil aviation purpose, the Port Blair airport here has also been used by the Defence establishment.
Three locations, probably Mithakhari, Dunduspoint and Calicut have been identified for the alternative airport.  A team of senior officials from Airport Authority of India and Ministry of Civil Aviation have visited the islands sometime in the month of October to identify the sites. The Lt Governor in a recently held press conference informed that an alternative greenfield airport will be constructed as the existing airport will reach its saturated point within the next eight months.            
A greenfield airport is an aviation facility with greenfield project characteristics. The designation reflects certain environmental qualities and commissioning, planning and construction processes that are generally carried out from a scratch. While a natural greenfield is defined as a wide expanse of natural land (meadow, prairie, grassland), greenfield denotes that a project lacks any constraints imposed upon it by prior work or existing infrastructure. India's greenfield airport project schedule is among the world's most robust as its growth rate currently at nine percent, but is expected to reach into the double digits for the coming years.