Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India, has inaugurated 26 additional aircraft parking stands as part of its ongoing expansion project.
The airport said that the new stands will boost passenger traffic movement.
It welcomed 21 million passengers last year, an increase of more than 21% compared to 2017, reported thehindubusinessline.com.
The airport currently has 83 parking stands and will boost the aircraft handling capacity by more than 45% at the airport.
The parking stands were completed in approximately 10 months and covers an area of about 65,000m2 of the apron. They can accommodate 22 scheduled Code C aircraft and 4 Code B airplanes catering to general aviation or business jets.
GMR Group Airports business chairman GBS Raju told the publication: “The addition of these stands is in line with our overall strategy of maximising the utilisation of our assets to enhance passenger and airside capacity.
“This has a direct bearing on the entire aviation value chain, which benefits immensely from the ability to leverage existing infrastructure and optimise their overall operating costs.”
GMR Hyderabad Airports CEO SGK Kishore said that there is a rising demand for aircraft parking stands by airlines due to growth in passenger and cargo throughput, as well as aircraft movements.
Turkish ground handling services provider Çelebi Aviation recently secured the ground handling contract at the airport for a period of 10 years.