The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will commission a new terminal building at the Jabalpur airport in Madhya Pradesh by March 2023, according to an official statement on Saturday, May 14.
The new terminal building will be equipped with world-class passenger facilities and have the capacity to handle 500 passengers during peak hours, the AAI’s statement said.
Spread over an area of 1,15,315 square feet, the terminal building will have three aerobridges, an advanced baggage screening system, a modern food court in the landscape area and well-planned parking for over 300 cars and buses.
“The proposed terminal building will welcome the passengers with glimpses of vibrant Gond paintings, local handicrafts, murals and popular tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh,” it stated.
The proposed terminal building will have glimpses of vibrant tribal Gond paintings, local handicrafts, murals, and popular tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh. It said the Madhya Pradesh government had handed over 483 acres of land to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for the development of the airport in 2015, which has taken the total land under the airport to 774 acres.
According to the statement, not just the terminal building, but the entire airport is also getting upgraded.
The runway is being extended to make it suitable to handle A320-type aircraft, a new 38-metre-high air traffic control tower is being built, and a new fire station and ancillary buildings are being built under this project at the Jabalpur airport, it said.
The entire project will cost INR 412 crore. “The tentative date for completion of the project is December 2022 and the new terminal building is likely to be commissioned by March 2023,” the statement said.
The Centre-run AAI owns and runs more than 100 airports across the country. Jabalpur Airport (colloquially referred to as Dumna Airport) is an airport 25 km east of the city of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.
It is the third busiest airport in Madhya Pradesh after Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar International Airport in Indore and Raja Bhoj International Airport in Bhopal in terms of both passenger and aircraft movement.
The Airports Authority of India is upgrading the airport to provide better services to the air travellers of the region. The upgrades are expected to be completed by December 2022.