Thursday, August 12, 2021

Rajkot airport terminal expansion gets in-principal approval

Rajkot: The Rajkot airport’s terminal expansion project has got in-principle approval from the Airport Authority of India (AAI). With the increase in the number of daily flights since 2018 and addition of more flights expected later this year, current airport terminal’s capacity to accommodate 125 passengers would prove to be inadequate, said a local airport official. The Rajkot airport was handling five flights per day in 2018 which has increased to eight flights per day currently. Three more daily flights are likely to be added soon.

The airport authority in Rajkot had first proposed terminal expansion in 2018. It had proposed to extend the terminal towards the runway area. As it required clearance from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the project proposal got stuck. About two months ago, a fresh proposal was sent and this time it was proposed to extend the terminal from the front side where DGCA permission is not required.

Talking to TOI, Rajkot airport director Diganta Borah said, “We have got in-principal approval for the terminal expansion and after finalizing the budget the work is expected to start by December this year.” He said that the capacity of the terminal building will be expanded to accommodate 200 passengers from the current 125.

12/08/21 Nimesh Khakhariya/Times of India

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