Hyderabad: An interim domestic arrivals terminal (IDAT) was commissioned at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad on Saturday — the 11th anniversary of the airport’s opening.
SpiceJet SG 468 passengers flying from Tirupati to Hyderabad were the first to experience the sprawling facility and were greeted warmly by airport staff. Spread across approximately 4,000 sqm in the airside, east of the existing Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), IDAT is an exclusive domestic baggage reclaim concourse primarily serving the passengers arriving on aircraft parked on remote stands.
The new facility offers four baggage carousel belts, each 45-m-long, which will help speed up the baggage delivery process. It is designed to handle almost 50 per cent of the domestic arrival traffic, amounting to around 30,000 passengers daily. A wide corridor with two 26-m-long inclinators connect the new concourse with the main PTB. The new facility would significantly increase total peak hour baggage handling capacity at the airport and improve passenger convenience, according to a press release.
GBS Raju, business chairman – Airports, GMR Group, said the new facility was proactively conceived and executed keeping passengers’ experience in mind while the airport is expanding to handle the industry growth. SGK Kishore, CEO of GHIAL, said: “With a forward-looking vision we started working proactively to meet the passenger demands and scale up”.
IDAT offers all passenger utilities — washrooms, baby care room and potable water fountains, among others. Passengers can also avail the paid wheelchair facility for PRM passengers and paid porter assistance. A dedicated information desk and adequate signage are available to guide passengers at the facility.