Airports Authority of India opens new terminals in four cities

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Airports Authority of India (AAI) has opened new terminal buildings at four airports in recent months.

It inaugurated a new 18,200m² (196,000ft²) domestic terminal at Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport on 4 March. Built at a cost of Indian rupees (Rs) 1.45 billion ($26.7 million), the terminal can accommodate up to 800 passengers at a single time, says AAI.

In the airport's second phase, AAI plans to modify the existing terminal building for international operations, construct a new control tower and extend its runway. This will proceed after land for the construction is made available by the state government of Odisha.

On 9 February, the state-owned airport operator opened a new terminal in Puducherry, located 162km (101 miles) from Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu.

The new 2,350m² terminal will be able to handle up to 150 passengers at peak hour periods, and accommodate up to 120,000 passengers annually.

An AAI official told Flightglobal Pro in September 2011 that the airport's runway will be extended from 1,220m (4,000ft) to 1,500m, allowing aircraft up to the size of ATR 72-500 and Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprops to land at the airport.

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has since launched a thrice weekly Bengaluru-Puducherry service on 17 January, using Q400s.

On 30 January, a new domestic and international terminal was launched at Chennai International Airport, raising the airport's total handling capacity to 23 million passengers annually.

The new domestic terminal can handle 10 million passengers, while the international terminal can accommodate 4 million passengers annually, says AAI. This is in addition to the previous terminals, which are capable of handling 9 million passengers per annum.

AAI also values the total cost of expanding and upgrading Chennai airport at Rs20.2 billion.

A newly integrated terminal, built at a cost of Rs23.3 billion, was inaugurated at Kolkata's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport on 20 January.

The new terminal raises Kolkata airport's handling capacity from 9 million to 20 million passengers per annum, with an additional 18 parking stands, complementing the existing 53 remote aircraft parking bays, adds AAI.