RGIA mulls terminal expansion

RGIA mulls terminal expansion
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In a bid to accommodate over 20 million passengers per annum, the GMR group, which manages Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), is considering to commence the terminal expansion work next fiscal, says the company official.

Company official says works may start next year

Hyderabad: In a bid to accommodate over 20 million passengers per annum, the GMR group, which manages Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), is considering to commence the terminal expansion work next fiscal, says the company official.

As of now, the existing terminal can accommodate about 12 million passengers. Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a CII meet here on Friday, the CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport, SGK Kishore, "We may start the expansion work during next year which will have 20 million passengers per annum."

The airport will have a capacity to handle 100,000 tonnes of cargo by the end of the current fiscal as against 80,000 tonnes now.

The airport was initially built in 2008, to accommodate 12 million passengers per annum (MPPA) and 150,000 tonnes of cargo handling capacity per annum. Interestingly, the Project has the flexibility to increase capacity to accommodate over 40 MPPA and shall be developed in a phased manner.

Kishore has said the company is expecting to touch 12 million traffic by the end of the current fiscal and the traffic to be closer to 20 million in the next five-year period.

However, spokesperson said, the expansion plans is currently at the preliminary stage and the proposal will be taken up after all approvals, including the regulatory approvals are in place. The amount of capex for the proposed expansion project will be arrived post completion of detailed designs, the official added.

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