New Delhi: Buoyed by the success of implementation of PPP model in airport development, the government plans to invest USD 30 billion in next 10 years with more existing airports being opened up for modernisation, a top official said on Tuesday.
"In 10th and 11th five-year plans, the government has invested USD 10 billion. The airports developed under the public-private-partnership model are presently handling 60 percent of the passenger traffic in the country. The government has planned to invest USD 30 billion in next 10 years," Civil Aviation Secretary S N A Zaidi said while addressing the 3rd International Aviation Economics Conference here.
In the first phase, connectivity to metro cities was established while in the second phase, the focus would be on connecting metros to tier-II and tier-III cities, he said.
Stressing the need for more airports in the country, Zaidi said the number of passengers was likely to go upto 260 million and cargo by five million tonnes by 2020.
"Presently, there are around 127 airports in the country, but in the second phase of sectoral growth, the existing airports would be developed. Some new airports may come and if needed, a second airport would also come up in those cities where there is a need," he said, adding the government is planning to invest Rs 67,000 crore on these new projects.
He said Delhi has emerged as the hub airport and by 2013 the second airport at Mumbai would be ready. Similarly, Kolkata and Chennai airports would also function as hubs in their respective regions.

Addressing the conference, former President A P J Abdul Kalam said aviation had played a key role in providing employment and made significant contributions to the GDP.
"Indian aviation industry has provided jobs to 1.7 million people and contributed 0.45 percent of the GDP," Kalam said, adding that air transportation was growing rapidly in the country and would be sustained.
"There are 450 aircraft and 125 airports. Six metro airports are handling 70 percent of the traffic, which is leading to congestion, delays and wastage of precious jet fuel which leads to high pollution," he said, adding that air traffic management has become an urgent issue to be resolved.
The former President said the aviation sector could promote health and spiritual tourism apart from general tourism.
Kalam also released a study about "Economic Impact of Delhi Airport", conducted by National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER).
According to the study, Delhi airport operations contributed 0.45 percent (Rs 294.7 billion) to the national GDP and its contribution in Delhi's GDP was 13.35 percent.
"By 2020, the contribution is likely to reach Rs 909.5 billion (0.7 percent of the national GDP) and 22.2 percent of Gross State Domestic Product of Delhi," the study said.
Delhi airport's operation sector contributed in 15,78,000 jobs, of which 64,000 were directly related to airport operations, 4,52,000 were indirect and 10,52,000 were the induced impact through tourism and investment, it said.
The construction activities at the Delhi airport contributed for 6,14,000 jobs of which 35,000 was direct contribution while 5,79,000 were indirect jobs, it said.