PTW highlights some of the recent airport development projects announced by Airports Authority of India

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Project: Construction of a new airport  

Completion date: November 2022

Cost: US$87m

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has begun construction of a new airport on a greenfield site in Hollongi, 15km from Itanagar, the capital of the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The US$87m project includes the construction of a passenger terminal building and airside works. The new 4,100m2 terminal will be equipped with eight check-in counters and will be able to process 200 passengers an hour. It will also be energy efficient, with a rainwater harvesting system and sustainable landscaping.


According to AAI, “The building’s envelope is influenced by the surrounding landscapes. Moving away from the strict geometry of straight lines and angles, the roof form is organic. The building interior is designed to emanate a sense of calm to the passengers. This is achieved by providing free-flowing spaces, hidden service core and a glass façade that links the eye to the panoramic scenic beauty of the Himalayan foothills.” The project is set for completion in November 2022.

Tiruchirappalli Airport

Project: Integrated passenger terminal building  

Completion date: March 2022

Cost: US$127m


The expansion of Tiruchirappalli Airport includes a new integrated passenger terminal building, the construction of a new apron and air traffic control tower and upgrades to the airside facilities. The new US$127m terminal will be equipped with 48 check-in counters and 10 boarding bridges and will be able to process 2,900 passengers per hour during peak times. The 75,000m2 building has been designed as “an iconic structure of dynamic and dramatic building form with majestic roof which gives the structure an iconic look”, according to AAI. The interiors of the building reflect the colors and culture of the city through materials and textures in a contemporary manner. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2022. 

Surat Airport

Project: Major expansion  

Completion date: December 2021

Cost: US$47m


A major expansion of Surat Airport is currently underway following a record 600% growth in passenger numbers between 2016/17 and 2018/19. The US$47m project includes an extension of the terminal building from 8,474m2 to 25,520m2 as well as an expansion of the apron from five to 23 aircraft parking bays. Once complete in December 2021, the terminal will be capable of handling 2.6 million passengers annually. The terminal will be equipped with 20 check-in counters, five aerobridges, an in-line baggage handling system and car parking for 475 vehicles. It will also be a 4-star Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA)-rated energy-efficient building. The interiors will reflect the art and culture of Gujarat.  

Pune Airport

Project: Integrated terminal building  

Completion date: March 2022

Cost: US$63.7m


A new 46,000m2 integrated terminal building will open at Pune Airport in March 2022. Built at an estimated cost of US$63.7m, the terminal will be equipped with five boarding bridges, 34 check-in counters and an in-line baggage handling system. It will have a 4-star Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) energy rating. The terminal will be able to process 1,700 domestic and 600 international passengers during peak hours and will include a 3,000m2 F&B and retail area. According to AAI, “The revamped terminal building will enable the airport to handle growing passenger traffic and ease the congestion inside the terminal.” There will also be a multi-level parking lot, which is due for completion in April 2022. 

Guwahati International Airport

Project: Integrated terminal building  

Completion date: June 2022

Cost: US$165m


Guwahati International Airport, the biggest and busiest international airport in northeast India, is building a new integrated terminal building to keep up with passenger demand. The US$165m project will be capable of handling 10 million passengers annually and will cover an area of 102,500m2. It will be equipped with 64 check-in counters, 20 self-service check-in kiosks, six baggage carousels, an in-line baggage security screening system and 10 aerobridges. The terminal will have two levels: arrivals at the lower level and departures on the upper level. A mezzanine will serve as the airside arrival corridor and a service floor for the baggage handling system. According to AAI, the design of the terminal building is inspired by Icarus, the mythological figure who is one of the earliest inspirations for human flight. The airport roof and façade will take inspiration from the art of origami. The terminal is scheduled for completion by June 2022. 

Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport

Project: Integrated terminal building  

Completion date: Early 2021

Cost: US$58m


A new 12,700m2 integrated terminal building is being constructed at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in the Indian state of Tripura, which will be able to process 1,000 domestic and 200 international passengers per hour. The US$58m terminal will include 20 check-in counters, four passenger boarding bridges and modern facilities and amenities. The building will depict local art and heritage through its architecture, such as a sweeping roof profile enveloping the entire terminal, taking its form from the hilly terrain of the state of Tripura. According to AAI, the aim was to achieve a balanced mix of ecological infrastructure, art and building technology. This will manifest in features such as extensive use of bamboo which will be incorporated into the terminal in the form of jaali work (a type of lattice screen), furniture and murals. The terminal is scheduled for completion in early 2021.

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