Port Blair Airport’s new terminal to open in October
Airports Authority of India has invested Rs 707 crore in a new 40,800m2 Port Blair airport terminal in India to meet growing passenger demand. The new facility, currently under construction and scheduled to open in October, will be able to accommodate up to 1,200 passengers per hour during peak periods.
The building will have three floors. The ground floor will serve as a remote arrival, bus lounge and service area; the upper ground will be used for access to the terminal for departing and arriving passengers; and the first floor will be the Security Holding Area (SHA) for international passengers.
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The design of the terminal is inspired by nature and features a shell-shaped structure representing the sea and the islands. The finished building will consist of a 120m steel frame with aluminum sheet roofing and cable mesh glazing. The entire terminal will also benefit from 100% natural lighting for 12 hours a day, which will be achieved by skylights along the roof. It will be equipped with 28 check-in counters, three passenger boarding bridges and four conveyor belts. The landside area of the airport will also be provided with parking lots for cars, taxis and buses.
Construction of an additional apron is also underway, which will add four additional bays for aircraft parking. The new terminal will support the region’s growing tourism industry and improve the local economy. The increased connectivity will not only create new employment opportunities for the local community, but also aims to provide access to better educational and medical facilities.
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