If the soon to be opened new Hyderabad Airport is any indication, the proposed integrated terminal 3 at IGI Airport to be built by 2010 should take care of the Capital’s frenzied increase in air traffic. Both the airport projects are spearheaded by the GMR Group.
“The new airport at Shamshabad is built to cater to 12 million passengers while IGIA’s T3 will be able to handle 37 million passengers by 2010,” said a senior official of the GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL).
The Hyderabad International Airport would have integrated domestic and international terminals, making transit easier. “Hyderabad has seen a 23 per cent passenger traffic growth in the last year and has the potential of becoming a major transit hub,” the official said.
The airport will begin commercial operation from March 16 even though a visit to the site revealed a lot of work is yet to be completed.
“Most work required for aircraft operations is complete and only aesthetic and cosmetic works remain. We will open on time,” he said.
The entrance and check-in counters for both domestic and international passengers is same. The 60 check-in counters, including 20 separate counters for passengers with hand baggage, would have Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE) so that any airline can operate from any counter.
The airport would have in-line baggage screening system and passengers won’t have to wait at X-ray machines anymore.
“We expect the whole process of a passenger entering the airport and boarding the aircraft to take not more than 25 minutes,” the GMR official said. The airport has a 4,260 meters long and A-380 compatible runway. It is slightly shorter than the upcoming runway at IGIA.
The airport would also have a parking with capacity to hold 3,400 cars and an ‘airport village’ at the front with retail, handicraft and food and beverage counters.