City Airport Unveils Plans for 130cr Terminal Expansion Project | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: Even as Kolkata Airport emerges from the turbulence caused by the pandemic and prepares to take off with an increase in domestic flights and an expected resumption of scheduled international flights, the airport operator has drawn up a draft expansion of the two-pronged terminal. The development cost will be around Rs 130 crore.
“We will soon embark on a project to expand the domestic and international wing of the integrated terminal to add more than 4,000 m² or approximately 45,000 square feet. This will increase the annual capacity of the integrated terminal from 26 million to 28 million. ,” Kolkata Airport Manager C Pattabhi said.

The current terminal spans 2.3 lakh m² or more than 25 lakh square feet. Although it is spread over six levels, the addition will be at the arrival and departure levels.
The airport will add a construction module to the terminal’s international wing at the southwestern end to redo the layout of the international departure and arrival floors.
“We are not adding any gates or aerobridges to the international wing. The extra space will help make the international wing more spacious and prepare it for an increase in flights and travellers,” the manager said.
At present, the integrated terminal has 18 aerobridges including 12 in the domestic wing and 6 in the international wing.
Of these, four were used as gateways to accommodate domestic passengers during the pandemic, as the number of international flights has been very low since the start of the pandemic. But with international operations scheduled to resume next month, the airport operator wants to revamp spending at the international terminal to make it more efficient and spacious.
In the domestic wing, it will add four additional boarding gates on the lower level to reduce congestion in the security waiting area for passengers taking flights parked in remote bays that need to be accessed after an overhead bus ride in the operational area.
“We currently have eight bus boarding gates at the northern end of the terminal. The new project will add four more gates, allowing for faster boarding of passengers,” Pattabhi said.

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