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Government handles, Media outlets & BJP leaders share image of airports from China and South Korea as Noida International Airport

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

On Thursday, 25 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of Noida International Airport at Jewar, UP. The airport will be built in an area of 5,000 acres and after its completion, it will be the largest airport in India.

Some government’s  Twitter handles, Media outlets and BJP leaders shared two images with the claim of it to be of Noida International Airport.

Facto News found that the first image is of an Airport from China and the second image is of an airport from South Korea.

The first image is merged in a video posted by several BJP leaders. The video carries the logo of the MyGovIndia—a citizen engagement platform of the government of India. The video was first posted by the official Twitter handles of this platform, however, they have now deleted the video. An archived of the same can be found here.

BJP leaders posted the video carrying the first image with the caption that reads: एशिया के सबसे बड़े एयरपोर्ट के रूप में नोएडा इंटरनेशनल एयरपोर्ट अपने साथ 35000 करोड़ रुपये का निवेश भी लाने जा रहा है। इससे एक लाख से अधिक लोगों को रोजगार उपलब्ध होगा और क्षेत्र में विकास की गति भी तेज होगी।”

(Translation: As Asia’s largest airport, Noida International Airport is also going to bring with it an investment of Rs 35000 crores. This will provide employment to more than one lakh people and will also accelerate the pace of development in the region.)

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

An archived version of the post by BJP leaders can be accessed here, here, here, here, here and here.

The first image is also used by ABP News in an article published on 22 November. (Archive)

(Source: ABP News/Screenshot)

The second image was mostly used by the Media outlets like Zee News, Jagran News, News Mobile, Republic and the website India.com.

(Source: Twitter/Republic/India.com/Screenshot)

An archived version of the same can be found here, here, here, here, and here.

FactO Check: 

Image: 1

On conducting a reverse image search of the first image, we were led to a video uploaded by CGTN— China Global Television Network on YouTube. The video contains a visual as that of the first viral image. The video was uploaded on 30 June 2019 and is captioned: “Beijing Daxing International Airport – new gateway to China”

(Source: CGTN/Screenshot)

Taking this cue, we used some keywords and found a similar image as that of the viral image on a travel agency website 12GO. According to the website, the starfish-shaped Beijing Daxing International Airport airport opened on 25 September 2019 before the 70th anniversary of China.

(Source: 12GO/Screenshot)

Therefore, it is evident from the above references that the first viral image is of Beijing Daxing International Airport from China.

Image: 2

On conducting a Google reverse image search of the second image, we came across a website by the name Airport Technology. According to the website, the second viral image is of the second terminal at Incheon International Airport (IIA) located in Seoul, South Korea.

(Source: Airport Technology/Screenshot)

We also found the image carried by the German-based media outlet Der Spiegel. The outlet carried the image in 2013 and describes it as the new terminal of Incheon Airport.

(Source: Der Spiegel/Screenshot)

Therefore, it is again evident that the second image is of the second terminal at Incheon International Airport (IIA) located in Seoul, South Korea.

Conclusion:

Both the airport images are not of Noida International Airport.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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