Monday, August 21, 2023

Operations begin at Rs 700-crore new terminal of Port Blair airport

Operations at the new terminal building of the Port Blair airport began on Monday morning, officials said. The operations began with the arrival of an IndiGo flight from Chennai. The flight, 6E-6213, landed at the Veer Savarkar International Airport with 83 passengers at 7.10 am, they said.

The second plane which arrived was of Air India. The flight, AI-549, landed at 7.20 am with 84 passengers from Chennai, they added.

The IndiGo plane was also the first one to depart from Port Blair, at 7.35 am with 159 passengers for Chennai. The Air India flight also returned to Chennai with 161 passengers.

A special programme was organised at the new terminal to mark the commencement of operations. Besides tribal dance forms, the flyers were welcomed with flower bouquets and traditional 'aarti and tilak' on the first day.

Nicobari traditional hats made of palm fronds were also gifted to them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the new integrated terminal building of the airport in the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on July 18.

The new terminal, which is shaped like a shell depicting the natural environs of the islands, has been built at a cost of Rs 707.73 crore.

21/08/2023 PTI/Economic Times

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