Hyderabad: To cater to the demand of the increasing number of air passengers from the city, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here on Wednesday celebrated the opening of an Interim International Departures Terminal, the operations of which will begin from October 23.
The new terminal, built at a cost of Rs 50 crore and spread over one lakh sft and is part of the airport’s mega expansion plans, is equipped with a host of new technologies including India’s first remote hand baggage screening facility, which when coupled with the new Automatic Tray Retrieval System hand baggage screening, can double the passenger throughout at security checkpoints.
Inaugurating the new terminal, Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, said the RGIA had become a fastest growing aviation hub over the last four years.
“There is a surge in domestic passenger growth in our country. Even China is 40 per cent behind us in terms of domestic passenger traffic,” he said.
Digi Yatra, which would be launched by next year, will offer a hassle-free journey experience to every air traveller in India, Choubey said, adding that using facial recognition technologies, this initiative would aim at simplifying passenger processes at various checkpoints in the airport, right from the terminal entry gate, check-in/baggage drop, security check and boarding gates.
Chief Secretary SK Joshi said after linking the Outer Ring Road with the airport, the State government was now aiming to connect RGIA with the Hyderabad Metro.
“Hyderabad airport has become a growth centre and we can say it is the one of the best in class in the world,” he said.
The Interim International Departures Terminal is an exclusive concourse to handle check-in, security, immigration, customs processes for departing international passengers. Apart from dedicated immigration and security counters, the terminal will also offer a ‘Premium Check-in’ facility, where passengers travelling first/business class can experience a separate, personalised and assisted check-in process in a comfortable setting.