Airports Authority of India on Friday, September 9 said it is carrying out a major upgradation work at its Tuticorin airport in Tamil Nadu at an investment of INR 381-crore to cater to rising passenger traffic.
The upgradation work includes widening and extension of the runway to enable operations of A-321 type of aircraft, construction of a new apron, new terminal building, ATC tower-cum-technical block-cum-control tower, among others, AAI said in a statement.
Spread over 13,500 sq mt of space, the new terminal building will be able to handle 600 passengers during peak hours and will have all the modern facilities and passenger amenities with provision for two aerobridges along with car parking facilities and a new approach road, it added.
Inspired by the famous Chettinad houses of the region, the intuitive form of the new terminal will create a unique architectural identity in the southern region and will add a new dimension to the terminal design. Strong references to the local culture and traditional architecture will be expressed in the building’s architecture.
The interiors of the building reflect the colours and culture of the city through materials and textures in a contemporary manner. The new terminal will be a four-star GRIHA-rated energy-efficient building with sustainability features.
The airport development project also includes widening extension and strengthening work of the existing runway, making the airport suitable for the operation of A-321 type of aircraft. The upgraded facility will also have a fire station, isolation bay and five aircraft parking bays to park A-321 type of aircraft.
Up-gradation of the airport will not only fulfil the demand of the local community for enhanced passenger services but will also promote trade & tourism in Tuticorin and neighbouring districts like Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, and Kanyakumari.
The project for up-gradation and expansion of the airport is likely to be completed by December 2023.
Tuticorin Airport is located 16.9 km from Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu serving the districts of Thoothukkudi, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi and Kanniyakumari in southern Tamil Nadu. It was inaugurated on 30 April 1992.
The airport was ISO 9001:2015 quality certified on 13 April 2018. It is the fifth busiest airport in Tamil Nadu after Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli and Madurai.