Greenfield airport

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A greenfield airport is an aviation facility with greenfield project characteristics. The designation reflects certain environmental qualities (using previously undeveloped or empty greenfield land, for example) and commissioning, planning and construction processes that are generally carried out from scratch. While a green field found in nature is defined as a wide expanse of natural land (meadow, prairie, grassland), here greenfield denotes that a project lacks any constraints imposed upon it by prior work or existing infrastructure. (A brownfield, on the other hand, remodels or improves upon existing facilities.) Such projects can be highly coveted by engineers as no time must be allotted for demolition of unneeded buildings, etc.

While modern greenfield airports are under construction in Beijing, Istanbul, and Sydney, India's greenfield airport project schedule is among the world's most robust. India's annual civil aviation sector growth rate currently sits at nine percent, but is expected to reach into the double digits for the coming years.[1] Over the next two decades, the number of airports is expected to increase from 133 to 500. Of these, 367 are slated to be greenfield airports.[2]

Partial list of greenfield airports[edit]

Some of the world's greenfield airports opened since 2008. (Many smaller airports are also under development or proposed, especially in China, India and the Philippines.)

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  1. ^ "India planning 10-15 greenfield airports in non-metros". Firstpost. PTI. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Role of greenfield airports in greening the India economy". Foreign Policy News. Retrieved 30 April 2018.