Srinagar International Airport To Be Ready By Next Tourist Season
8 May 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: THE upgradation of Srinagar's airport as an international Airport is in full swing and the project is expected to complete by the onset of next tourist season. Giving this information to the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here this afternoon, the Regional Executive Director, Airports Authority of India, V P Agarwal said the outer work of the project would be completed by October this year while the interior of the airport complex would be done during winter also. The CM, who arrived here from Jammu in the afternoon, was briefed about the project by Agarwal. He was told that the modernisation project of the airport envisages to cater for 450 international and 500 domestic arrivals during peak hours. The new expanded building would have provisions of all modern amenities like aero-bridges, central heating system, lifts, conveyor belts and escalators. The expansion of parking apron is also planned to accommodate wide bodied Jet aircrafts and to suit international charter flights. The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 77.48 crores. The apron area would be extended from the existing 13045 sqm to 36501sqm. The number of aircraft would also go up from 4 to 6 including four A-320 and two A-300. The airport building would have 10 aero-bridges, six passenger lifts and four escalators. The CM was told that the up-graded departure facilities would include 11 domestic and eight international check-in counters, 10 immigration counters and six custom counters while the arrival facilities include six immigration counters, 10 custom counters and four conveyor belts. The car parking facility would be extended from the current 125 cars to 250 cars.