Sunday, April 07, 2019

Three designs on board for Kolkata airport expansion

Kolkata: Airport planners and designers have prepared three different proposals for the second-phase expansion of Kolkata airport. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) brass will take the final call.
Speaking to TOI, Kolkata airport director Kaushik Bhattacharjee said the expansion will involve extending only the security hold area (SHA) in the domestic wing as the facility in the existing terminal will get saturated next year. In contrast, the departure lounge where the check-in portals are located has adequate space to meet the terminal’s needs for years.

“Providing adequate seating is already tough during peak hours. As flights increase, it will get even more challenging. Also, given the restricted space in the departure lounge for flights parked in remote bays, there is a need for more aerobridges. Both these problems can be solved by extending the SHA. We have, therefore, decided to go in for pier-type construction to extend the SHA to accommodate more flyers and add around 10 aerobridges,” Bhattacharjee explained.

Though the plan hasn’t been firmed up yet, sources said there were three options on the table. The first proposal is to extend the SHA at a right angle to the existing facility and into the apron area. This new SHA would have five aerobridges on each side. This would require a wide SHA with adequate seats for passengers near the boarding gates on either side.
07/04/19 Subhro Niyogi, Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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