The Government of India is set to invest Rs9.3bn ($132.06m) in a new terminal at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

The proposed terminal building is intended to make passengers’ travel hassle-free while allowing the airport to handle the increased air traveller volume.

Biju Patnaik Airport is the primary international airport serving Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha.

Civil aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey told IANS: “We have committed that we will be expanding the capacity of Bhubaneswar airport from 3.5 million passengers per annum to 11.5 million per annum. For this, a new terminal building will be constructed to handle eight million passengers per annum.”

Choubey told the publication that the construction of the new terminal is expected to begin in July or August 2019, while a scheduled completion is likely to take three years.

“We have committed that we will be expanding the capacity of Bhubaneswar airport from 3.5 million passengers per annum to 11.5 million per annum.”

Upon becoming operational, the terminal is expected to accommodate approximately eight million passengers per annum.

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Civil aviation joint secretary Usha Padhee said that due to around 30% growth in footfall of travellers, the terminal capacity will be increased at the airport.

In order to construct the new terminal, the required land is available in the existing airport complex.

Currently, Bhubaneswar Airport operates two terminals, including Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 1 is used for domestic flights and for providing additional support to Terminal 2.

Terminal 2 opened in 2013, and manages international and domestic flights. It features aerobridges, elevators, automatic stairs, 16 check-in desks and a spa, among other facilities.