India’s first private airport to start operations soon

16 March 2015 (Last Updated March 16th, 2015 18:30)

India’s first private airport promoted by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL) and Singapore’s Changi Airport will most likely be operational by 14 April, 2015.

India's first private airport promoted by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL) and Singapore's Changi Airport is likely to be operational by 14 April, 2015.

The Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport has been constructed at Andal in Durgapur sub-division, which is 25 km from Asansol and 15 km from Durgapur in West Bengal.

The West Bengal government has 1.2% stake in BAPL. Changi Airport will be the single largest shareholder in the airport.

"With this calibration process, we have now overcome all hurdles towards commissioning the airport."

The airport will have a 5,750m2 passenger terminal building with a capacity of 1 million passengers per annum. This number can be further expanded to 2.5 million passengers eventually.

It will have six check-in counters with Common Use Terminal equipment (CUTE) in the departure lounge and two baggage conveyor belts at the arrival hall. Airports Authority of India (AAI) recently completed the installation of the navigational system at the facility.

Pinnacle Air will connect the airports of Andal and Cooch Behar in north Bengal with Kolkata four days a week through small fixed-wing aircrafts.

Currently, negotiations are on between GoAir and Indigo and BAPL for the commencement of flights on the Delhi-Durgapur route.

There is also a possibility of Air Costa commencing flights connecting southern cities like Hyderabad and Bangalore for four days a week.

The Business Standard quoted BAPL promoter and managing director Partha Ghosh as saying: "With this calibration process, we have now overcome all hurdles towards commissioning the airport. After AAI sends its report to the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), it will take three-four weeks to get the final license."

Recently, high tension lines that were coming in the way of the airport were removed.