Ahmedabad’s new int’l airport terminus functional
The new terminus at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad, and its upgraded facilities are now fully functional. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials said that the flights mainly for the Middle East and US were being received at the new terminal. Apart from Dubai and Doha, the US is another destination one can directly go to by taking linking flights that originate from Ahmedabad. The new terminal, spread over an area of 40,000 square metres, is handling 16 take off and landings daily. Constructed at a cost of Rs 300 crore, the new terminal was inaugurated by Union civil aviation minister Praful Patel on July 4. However, it could not be made operational because of various reasons, like installation IT systems being still not over by then. Airport director Anuj Agrawal said that the new terminal had become fully operational. This number of flights at here increase over a period of time. Equipped with the state-of-the-art fire fighting and security systems, the terminal has a capacity to handle 2,200 passengers during peak hours. It can accommodate as many as 30 big aircraft like Airbus-380. The terminal has seven boarding gates, including two aero-bridges, to enable passengers enter the aircraft directly from the terminal building. There are 32 check-in centres with the provision of common user terminal equipment.