Hyderabad airport’s remodelled passenger terminal set to open soon

The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad is geared up for making the newly expanded terminal operational soon. 

This marks the completion of the first phase of the major expansions it undertook to cater to the rising demand in passenger traffic and augment the passenger handling capacity beyond 34 million passengers from 21 million passengers in 2019.

“The new, better, and bigger Hyderabad International airport will include the construction of additional built-up area that would be integrated with the existing Integrated Terminal Building (at concourse & piers) with additional infrastructure at Airside and landside area.”

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL)

Apart from the new East Pier (straight) portion area spread across 15,742 sq. metres in three levels, the airport has now added a first of its kind 264-meter long tunnel for movement of Ground Staff Equipment (GSE) to 42 aircraft stands.

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As part of the first phase of the expansion, the East Pier (straight) portion area, integrated with the present terminal, will be inaugurated for the passengers soon. To accelerate passenger boarding and disembarking from the aircraft, three aerobridges will be operational.

The East Pier (straight) portion will have six domestic arrival bus gates. It will have three Travelators or automated passenger walkways on two levels and the passengers walking through the East Pier can now avoid the long walks to board their flights. In addition, airport authorities have arranged for two baby-care rooms and two family rooms.

The East Pier (straight) portion will have six domestic arrival bus gates

The GSE tunnel connects the 42 remote aircraft stands—24 new and 18 existing—on the east side of the airport and the Head of Stand Road, also leading to the remote gates area of the expanding passenger terminal. The tunnel will minimise the time lost during the crisscross movement of Airlines and Ground support operations vehicles, equipment, and passenger coaches, the note said.

The revamped integrated passenger terminal will have 149 check-in counters, 26 security screening machines with ATRS, 44 emigration counters and 44 immigration counters. The expanded domestic and international pier buildings will have more lounges, retail, and F&B outlets.

The GSE tunnel connects the 42 remote aircraft stands

According to an official release, the revamped integrated passenger terminal will increase the area to 379,370 square metres. With additional infrastructure added to the east and west pier buildings, there will be 44 contact gates, 28 remote departure gates and nine remote arrival gates available for smooth operations.

As many as four new Rapid Exit Taxiways (RETs) have been added to enhance runway capacity and improve operational efficiency. These RETs are designed to allow aircraft to taxi off the runaway at relatively shorter distances and hence reduce runway occupancy time, thereby increasing runway capacity. Also, a new Parallel Taxiway has been built for effective operation during secondary runway utilisation.

The annual savings of the carbon emissions with this tunnel would be approximately 7,000 tonnes.

The expansion works include the Ground Service Equipment tunnel, a first of its kind in the country, which will minimise the time lost during the crisscross movement of airlines and ground support operations vehicles, equipment, and passenger coaches required for the turnaround of flights. The annual savings of the carbon emissions with this tunnel would be approximately 7,000 tonnes.

As one of the fastest-growing airports in India, Hyderabad International Airport catered to 21 million passengers in FY’19. The airport recorded robust growth in passenger traffic, with a 4-year CAGR of – 20% during FY’15-FY’19.

(Pictures – Telangana Today)

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