In an effort to open North East India’s doors to the International market, the Airport in Guwahati is all set to get a makeover very soon now as the planning, sketches and the fund allocations are all done.
At the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, construction work for a new integrated terminal building has begun with over 200 pillars already being erected at the site. Built at a cost of Rs 1,232 crore, the new terminal will be spread across 90,000 sq m.
As per the plans, there will be two new aerobridges, an international cargo complex and an extended canopy, a new two-level integrated terminal building and new stalls and washrooms in the airport. Once these new constructions being implemented, the Guwahati Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport will turn into an international airport very soon.
The new airport will able to cater 3,100 passengers at peak hour with 2,900 domestic and 200 international commuters. The new terminal will also have a capacity of around 250 flights per day against the current traffic of 160 flights.
The new airport will have 64 check-in counters for the convenience of commuters. With 20 parking bays at the new terminal, the Guwahati airport aims to increase the flight capacity to 300 flights per day. For the convenience of passengers, the new building will also have 20 self-check-in kiosks.
Keeping in mind the size of the airport, the AAI has proposed a travelator to make passengers’ experience comfortable. The new airport will also have 10 aerobridges and 10 escalators.
Meanwhile, the central government has planned to invest Rs 3,500 crore in the next five years to improve airports in the Northeast region. AAI has initiated an ambitious initiative to develop the Guwahati, Imphal and Agartala airports in Assam, Manipur and Tripura, respectively.