The new terminal building at the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar islands, is set to be ready by October.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which has undertaken the construction of the new integrated terminal building, noted that the new terminal will entail an investment of nearly $91m (Rs7.07bn).

Spanning 40,837m², the terminal will have the capacity to manage 1,200 passengers during peak hours and around four million passengers a year.

With a shell-shaped design, the new building is a structural steel-framed construction.  

The three-storey building will feature 28 check-in counters, three passenger boarding bridges and four conveyor belts.

Its lower ground floor will be used for remote arrival, bus lounge and service areas, while the upper ground floor will be used for departure and arrival of passengers. The first storey will serve as the security hold area (SHA) for international travellers.

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Construction works on the additional apron area are also underway and will see the addition of four bays for the parking of planes.

Furthermore, the terminal will have skylights along the roof to allow 100% natural light penetration for 12 hours daily.

AAI said that it has completed more than 80% of the project’s work.

Once operational, the new Port Blair Airport terminal is expected to boost the tourism industry and create new employment opportunities in the region.