Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair will have a new terminal building soon. The airport currently handles 18 lakh passengers annually. Keeping in mind the surge in the passenger traffic, Airports Authority of India has been constructing a New Integrated Terminal Building at a cost of Rs. 700 crore.
With a total built-up area of 40,837 sq m, the New Terminal Building will be capable of handling 1200 passengers during peak hours and about 50 lakh passengers annually. The building will have three levels. The lower ground floor will be used as remote arrival, departure and service area, the upper ground floor will have entry gate for departure passengers and exit gate for arrival passengers and the first floor as awaiting lounge for international passengers.
The terminal will be fully air-conditioned and equipped with modern passenger facilities with 28 check-in counters, three passenger boarding bridges, five conveyor belts with scan system and state-of-the-art firefighting and fire alarm system. Cityside area of the airport will also be developed with adequate parking facilities.
The entire terminal will have cent per cent natural lighting through skylights provided at roof level. Curved shaped Cable Net Glazing will be provided all around the terminal building, first of its kind in the Port Blair airport. More than 65 per cent of the project work is completed and the building is scheduled to be ready by the middle of next year.