New Delhi: Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath laid the foundation stone for the extension of the terminal building at Gorakhpur Airport in Uttar Pradesh on March 28. Minister for State for Civil Aviation (I/c) Hardeep Singh Puri was present at the occasion. Dignitaries also flagged off an Alliance Air flight from Gorakhpur to Lucknow under RCS-UDAN on this occasion.
The existing terminal building commissioned in the year 2018 was designed to cater 100 passengers and has an area of 1,890 sqm. The passenger traffic at the Gorakhpur airport has grown exponentially in very short span of time. Thus, to increase the passenger handling capacity of the airport and make the airport suitable for Airbus 320 type of Aircraft, AAI has planned the extension of the existing terminal building at a cost of Rs 26.87 crores.
Spread in an area of 3,440 sqm, the extended terminal will be equipped with 10 check-in-counters and two conveyor belts in the arrival hall. An additional security hold area will also be created on the first floor, after which the terminal building will be able to handle the 200 passengers during peak hours. The newly expanded building will have escalators, lifts and enough space for a restaurant and commercial activities.
Gorakhpur is a city located along the banks of Rapti river in the eastern part of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located near the Nepal border, 273 kilometres east of the state capital Lucknow. Gorakhpur Airport belongs to IAF and AAI maintains there a civil enclave. Presently Indigo, Alliance Air and Spicejet are operating scheduled flights from the airport to Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation is committed to develop airport infrastructure in the country and provide world-class services.
The ceremony took place in the presence of Nand Gopal Gupta, Minister of Civil Aviation, Uttar Pradesh; Ravindra Shyamnarayan Shukla ‘Ravi Kishan’ MP (Lok Sabha); Shiv Pratap Khukla, MP (Rajya Sabha); Jai Prakash Nishad, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Dr Radha Mohan Das Agrawal, MLA Gorakhpur Urban (UP) Anuj Agrawal, Chairman, AAI and other senior officials of AAI were also present on this occasion.
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