A new integrated terminal building at Dabolim International Airport, constructed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) was on Tuesday dedicated to the nation by Minister for Civil Aviation Ajit Singh.
This has extended the capacity of Goa’s only airport. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Singh said that Civil Aviation and Tourism taken together contribute 3.6 per cent to the national gross domestic product.
“Goa airport with 1,000-plus annual international charter flights accounts for almost 90 per cent of India’s international charter tourist flights. Expansion and upgrading of airport at such a tourist and industry destination assumes significant importance,” he said.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation K.C. Venugopal said the Ministry was giving priority to enhancing airport infrastructure in India, modernising existing airport infrastructure in metro and non-metro cities, and constructing green-field airports to bridge the gap between available airport capacity and projected demand. The new integrated terminal building is capable of handling both domestic and international operations.
The building is equipped with modern state-of-the-art facilities such as five passenger boarding bridges, CUTE-enabled check-in counters, inline compatible baggage handling system, software-based building management system, elevators and escalators.
The terminal building can handle 2,750 peak-hour passengers at a time. The terminal building has been built at a cost of Rs. 345 crore.
Keeping in view the growth of passenger traffic at Dabolim Airport, the AAI has already given a go-ahead for the development of the western side finger of the terminal building at a cost of Rs. 40 crore to further enhance the handling capacity and operational efficiency. Three additional passenger boarding bridges shall be provided.
The terminal is expected to be fully operational by the second week of January 2014. Goa Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and others were present.