New terminal at Port Blair airport commences operations

Operations have commenced at the newly inaugurated terminal of Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar International Airport. The new terminal, reflecting the natural surroundings of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, hosted its first arrivals and departures. The inaugural IndiGo flight, 6E-6213, arrived from Chennai with 83 passengers at 7:10 a.m., followed by Air India’s AI-549 flight with 84 passengers at 7:20 a.m.

The terminal boasts a built-up area of 40,837 sq meters, offering 100 percent natural lighting and the capacity to handle 1,200 passengers during peak hours. With 28 check-in counters, 12 immigration counters, and modern facilities, the three-story structure marks a significant enhancement in airport infrastructure. The inauguration was celebrated with traditional performances and gestures, including tribal dances and cultural welcomes.

The new terminal, shaped like a shell, is a Rs 707.73 crore project designed to accommodate the growing passenger traffic of the region, aiming for seamless travel and comfort.

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