The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has announced that construction works pertaining to the development of a new terminal building at Port Blair airport were on track. According to an an AAI official, the Port Blair airport, also known as Veer Savarkar Airport, will have its new terminal as early as 2020.
The terminal will consist of world-class amenities and will cost approximately ₹ 417 crores to construct. Construction works on the project, which are on full swing – commenced in January 2017.
According to the proposal of the project – the built up area will be 40,000 square metres and it will be able to handle a peak load of 1,200 passengers – 600 domestic and 600 international passengers. The 1st two floors of the terminal would serve as access points for passengers arriving and existing the airport, and as well as provide lounge facilities for transit passengers. The third floor is being designed for departures and service area.
The terminal will consist of four aerobridges, 10 elevators, 6 escalators, 28 check-in counters, in-line scanning systems for baggage handling and more – designed specifically for easy passenger movement to departure gates and reducing queueing and waiting to as minimum as possible.
Port Blair Airport Director, George D Silva said, The shell-shaped design of the building has been inspired by nature – a shape which is a part of the seas and islands.” The roof heights of the new terminal building will vary from between 18 metres and 32 metres. This will enable the entire new terminal building to have 100 per cent natural lighting for 12 hours a day.
News Source – PTI.