Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata, India, has opened its new integrated passenger terminal, tripling the airport's passenger handling capacity.
The Indian Government has invested Rs23.25bn ($420.2m) in the expansion and modernisation of the airport.
India President Pranab Mukherjee said that the upgraded facility would be useful given that Kolkata is set to be an important destination for the Look East government policy.
"Kolkata is the gateway to the east. The airport can play an important role in India's Look East policy, especially in view of the directional change in international trade from the west to the east," Mukherjee said.
Built by a joint venture of ITD Cementation India and its parent firm Italian-Thai Development Public (ITD), the terminal will initially be used for international flight operations, while complete operations are expected to commence by the end of March 2013.
Following the commencement of full operations, the existing international terminal will be closed and used for the airport's future expansion.
Features of the integrated passenger terminal's departure area include 48 international and 80 domestic check-in counters, 38 immigration counters, 23 international and 33 domestic security gates with frisking booths.
The arrivals area of the terminal features 40 immigration counters, 26 conveyor belts, 6 customs counters and 18 aerobridges.
With a passenger handling capacity of around 20 million per year, the 195,000ft², five-level building also offers upgraded taxiways and extended runway, which allow handling bigger aircraft including the Airbus A-380.
Work on the project started in November 2008.
Image: The new terminal at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport is expected to be fully operational by March 2013.