Port Blair airport to have a new INR 700 Crore terminal building by October 2022

Port Blair airport, also known as Veer Savarkar International Airport is soon going to have a new terminal building.

Considering the surge in passenger traffic, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the work for the construction of a new integrated terminal building at an estimated cost of around INR 707.73 crore.

With a total built-up area of 40,837 sq metres., the new terminal building will be capable to handle 1200 passengers during peak hours and about 40 lakhs passengers annually. The new passenger terminal building will have three floors comprising lower ground, upper ground and first floor.

The lower ground floor will be used as remote arrival, bus lounge and service area, the upper ground floor as access to the terminal building for departure and arrival of the passengers and the first floor as a Security Hold Area (SHA) for international passengers.

Inspired by nature, the design of the terminal is a shell-shaped structure depicting the sea and islands. New Terminal Building is a Large Span (120 Mtr) structural steel framed building provided with aluminium sheet roofing and cable net glazing all around.

The entire terminal will also have 100% natural lighting for 12 hours a day which will be achieved by skylights along the roof. The world-class building will be equipped with 28 check-in counters, three passenger boarding bridges and four conveyor belts.

Port Blair airport to have a new INR 700 Crore terminal building by October 2022

The Cityside area of the airport will also be developed with adequate parking facilities for cars, taxis and buses along with the landscaping. The work for the construction of an additional apron area is also in progress which will add four additional bays for the parking of the aircraft.

More than 80% of the project work is completed and the development project is targeted to be completed by October 2022. The operationalisation of the new terminal building will boost the tourism industry and improve the economy of the region.

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Originally known as “Port Blair Airport”, it was renamed in 2002 after the Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who had been detained in the Cellular Jail in the city for 10 years.

The increased connectivity will not only create new employment opportunities for the local community but also provide access to better educational and medical facilities.

Veer Savarkar International Airport, also known as Port Blair Airport is an international airport located 2 km south of Port Blair and is the main airport of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India.

Originally known as “Port Blair Airport”, it was renamed in 2002 after the Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who had been detained in the Cellular Jail in the city for 10 years. It operates as a civil enclave, sharing airside facilities with INS Utkrosh of the Indian Navy.

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