Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday said that over 90 airports in the country will become carbon neutral by the year 2024. He also said that the number of airports in the country will reach 220 in the next five years. The Union Minister, while speaking during the National Conference of All India Management Association, said that at present there are 141 airports in the country. Of these, airports at Kochi and Delhi are already carbon neutral.
He said, “When I took over as the Minister of Aviation, the first thing I did was carbon mapping profiling of our airports. It revealed that our two airports, Delhi and Kochi, are already carbon-neutral and by the year 2024, there will be 92 to 93 in the country.” He said that the ministry has set a target of zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Minister of Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia, speaking during the program, also said that by the year 2030, India’s airports will not only achieve the target of zero carbon emissions, but they will also achieve the target of 400 million air passengers. We currently have 200 million domestic and international air passengers. At the same time, he also said that there is a need to further improve and enhance the resources at the ground level to properly serve the growing number of air passengers. “In the last eight years, the number of airports in the country has increased from 74 to 141 and in the next five years it will increase to 220,” he said.