Port Blair will have Modern International Airport Terminal by Next year
international airport terminal at Port Blair in the Andaman Islands is being
expanded at a cost of Rs 700 crores and will be commissioned in the next 12
months according to an official release.
The airport named after the freedom
fighter Veer Savarkar
per cent of the work has been completed by the state owned Airport Authority of
India. The airport is named after the freedom fighter Veer Savarkar who was
jailed in the Cellular jail in Andaman Islands during the freedom struggle.
now has the capacity to handle 12 lakh passengers annually but its capacity
will go up to 50 lakh passengers once the terminal is commissioned.
28 Exclusive customers’ counters will be
Exclusive customers counters will be installed as part of the expansion
project. Currently majority of the flights to the airport are from Chennai and
government is concentrating on development projecs in the island. Recently the
government has announced the setting up of a transshipment terminal at Nicobar
islands at a cost of Rs Ten thousand crores. The island where the terminal is
to be commissioned is situated near the entrance of Malacca strait. If this
project takes off, the proposed terminal at Colachel in south tamil nadu may be
shelved according to sources.