New integrated terminal to come up at Kolkata airport

New Delhi: With a phenomenal growth in air traffic, a plush new integrated terminal will come up at the Kolkata airport by March next year with over 70 percent of the work having been completed so far.

The new terminal would have an annual capacity of handling 20 million passengers, including four million international travellers, Airports Authority of India (AAI) sources said.

A rapid exit taxiway from the main runway and extension of the secondary runway has already been completed, they said.

There has been a major growth in passenger traffic at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in the last five years.

The passenger traffic, which grew between 1972-73 to 2004-05 at a annual compounded growth rate of four percent, is now showing a phenomenal growth of 12 percent for international passengers and 20 percent for domestic.

The entire modernisation work, including the integrated passenger terminal that would simultaneously handle domestic and international passengers, is being carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 1942.51 crore, the sources said.

The 1,670 acre airport will have a peak hour handling capacity of 7,452 passengers, compared with 1,700 passengers at present in the domestic terminal and 1,150 in the international.

The two parallel runways have a combined handling capacity of 21 aircraft movements per hour at present, they said, adding that 23 new parking bays are being constructed in addition to the existing 36.