Friday, September 01, 2017

Allahabad airport may get new terminal before Jan 2019 Ardh Kumbh

New Delhi: This is perhaps the tightest deadline that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has ever accepted for constructing a brand new passenger terminal. The authority on Wednesday decided to build a terminal at the defence air base of Allahabad before the holy city hosts the Ardh Kumbh in January 2019.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath had asked the aviation ministry recently to see if Allahabad could get a big passenger terminal before the Ardh Kumbh. "Allahabad currently has only ATR aircraft operations of Air India.
The city's demand for air travel is huge. We have accepted building a brand new passenger terminal at the joint use airport (civil-cum-defence) in time for the January 2019 Ardh Kumbh. This is a major challenge as it will have to be done in 16 months," AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told TOI.
The state government will give land to AAI for the purpose. "The runway at Allahabad is long enough to have planes like Airbus A-320 or Boeing 737," said Mohapatra. Once the new terminal is ready, you can fly to the Sangam city on these aircraft at lower fares.
01/09/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India