Surat airport in Gujarat is slated to undergo a makeover with Rs 353-crore infrastructure development plans aimed at providing world-class services to travelers, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Wednesday.
The 353-crore construction project comprises expanding the existing terminal building from 8,474 sq.m to 25,520 sq.m. In addition to the terminal building development, the apron is being expanded from five to 18 parking spaces, and work on a parallel taxi track (2,905 m X 30 m) is underway.
“Surat, the financial capital of Gujarat and hub for diamond and textile business in India, attracts air travelers in large numbers. Considering the magnificent rise in passenger traffic, Airports Authority of India (AAI) is extensively working towards the holistic development of the airport with a project cost of Rs 353 crores,” the ministry said.
The new state-of-the-art expanded terminal building, once completed, will be capable of accommodating 1,200 domestic and 600 international passengers during peak hours, for a total annual passenger capacity of 2.6 million, as per the statement.
The terminal building will be outfitted with all modern passenger facilities, including 20 check-in counters, five aero-bridges, an in-line baggage processing system, and five conveyor belts for arriving passengers. The new terminal building will also contain a capacity of 475 car parking spaces.
The terminal will be a 4-Star GRIHA-rated energy-efficient structure with sustainability elements. The interiors of the terminal building will be inspired by Gujarati art and culture. More than 58 percent of the construction on the terminal building extension is completed, and the building will be finished by December 31, 2022.
Surat Airport serves a high number of business travelers from all across the country since it is directly connected to 16 cities. The airport’s new world-class terminal building will improve the connection to this industrial city, boosting the region’s overall growth.