Sunil Kr. Sharma
New Delhi: In order to cater the rising passenger traffic and the demand for better services, AAI`s Tuticorin Airport is undergoing major up-gradation in phases with cost of Rs 381 crores.The master project includes widening extension and strengthening work of existing Runway and associated infrastructure.
In order to cater to the rising passenger traffic, construction of the new Domestic Terminal Building is also planned, spreading over an area of 13530 sqm. The new Terminal Building will be able to handle 600 passengers during peak hours. The Terminal Building will be equipped with all the modern facilities and passenger amenities with provision of two aero bridges and 500 car parking facilities along with 100 taxi parking and 5 Bus / Coach parking. The Building will be designed aesthetically appealing with soothing interiors matching the modern elements of architectures.
The new Domestic Terminal Building at Tuticorin Airport will be designed with four star rating under GRIHA with environmentally sustainable features. Along with Domestic Terminal Building, construction of new ATC Tower cum Technical Block, Fire station, isolation bay, aprons and five aircraft parking bays to park A-320 type of aircraft is also part of the project.
There is demand for expansion of the airport as it is the only airport located beyond Madurai in southern Tamil Nadu region for improvement of trade, tourism and domestic travel in Tuticorin and neighboring Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram and Kanyakumari districts. The project for up-gradation and expansion of the airport is likely to be Operationalized by March, 2023.