Sunday, May 07, 2017

Hyderabad airport to emerge as hub for south, central India

Hyderabad: In the tenth year of its operation, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Hyderabad has drawn up ambitious plans to emerge as the hub airport for entire south and central India.

GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL), which developed the country’s first greenfield airport under the public-private partnership model, sees the RGIA as gateway airport to a vast region stretching into northern Karnataka, south eastern Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

“We have identified over 15 cities which we are targeting through our ‘Fly via Hyderabad’ campaign. Our vision for the next five to ten years is to become a big transit hub. Leveraging our natural locational advantage and excellent multi-modal connectivity, we are working to position Hyderabad as a hub airport for entire south and central India”, GHIAL Chief Executive Officer, SGK Kishore, told The Hindu.

In this regard, the GHIAL has planned the airport’s expansion to meet the anticipated traffic. “Expansion work, which is expected to start soon, will happen in phases with the first phase development increasing the airport’s capacity to around 20 million (passengers a year)”, Mr. Kishore said.
06/05/17 Prashanth Chintala/The Hindu