Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Hyderabad Airport aims big with more runways, more aircraft stands

Hyderabad: Not stopping at increasing the number of destinations, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here is steaming ahead with a major expansion plan that will see its capacity being raised from the original design of 12 million passengers per annum (MPPA) to 34 million passengers very soon.

As one of the fastest-growing airports in India, RGIA has seen a rapid growth in passenger traffic, catering to 21 million passengers in 2019, which has prompted a major expansion project. In addition to a revamped terminal, the expansion project involves augmentation of both Terminal and Airside areas, according to RGIA sources. Post expansion, the airside infrastructure will be able to accommodate 93 code C aircraft stands (Boeing 737-700, A320 size aircrafts).

The additional aircraft stands will come up in the Western Apron, catering to international operations, where there will additional 17 contact stands and one remote stand, while the Eastern Apron, catering to Domestic Operations, will accommodate additional 17 contact stands and four remote stands. A new remote apron on the far eastern side that can accommodate additional 42 remote stands has already been put into operation.

To ensure safe operations and seamless baggage and passenger movement, a new tunnel is being built to minimize the time loss during the crisscross movement of Ground Service Equipment vehicles and aircrafts, while four new Rapid Exit Taxiways have been added to enhance runway capacity and improve operational efficiency.

These taxiways are designed to allow aircrafts to taxi off the runaway at relatively shorter distances and hence reduce runway occupancy time, thereby increasing runway capacity. A new Parallel Taxiway has also been built for effective operation during secondary runway utilization.

RGIA already is India’s first and only airport with a paperless e- boarding facility for all domestic and international travellers. The e-boarding solution fully eliminates the need for manual stamping of boarding cards.

20/10/21 Telangana Today

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