Indian airport operator GMR has completed the construction of an Interim Domestic Arrivals Terminal (IDAT) at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, capable of handling 30,000 passengers daily – nearly 50% of all domestic arrivals.
Spread across 43,000ft2 (4,000m2), the IDAT is an exclusive domestic baggage reclaim concourse primarily serving passengers arriving on aircraft parked on remote stands. The facility offers four new baggage carousels, each measuring 150ft (45m) in length. The new facility will significantly increase total peak-hour baggage handling capacity at the airport and give a major boost to passenger convenience. The interim facility will remain operational until the expanded terminal is complete.
GBS Raju, business chairman – airports, GMR Group, said, “India’s civil aviation sector is on a high growth trajectory and as an airport developer and operator, GMR has been actively contributing to this growth. As an organisation with a stated vision of building an institution in perpetuity, we believe it is important to invest in infrastructure that enables long-term growth. The commissioning of the IDAT is a strong testimony to our commitment to this philosophy.”
SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL – the airport operating company – said, “We are glad that more passengers are choosing Hyderabad Airport and the passenger traffic growth over the past few years is an indicator of this. With a forward-looking vision, we started working proactively to meet the passenger demands and scale up.”
The IDAT offers passenger facilities such as washrooms, a baby-care room and potable-water fountains, as well as a dedicated information desk and adequate signage.