Airports Authority of India (AAI) would inaugurate the new domestic terminal at the Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar by December end, said Sharad Kumar, director AAI-Bhubaneswar.
The new terminal with a total built-up area of around 200,000 sq ft at a cost of around Rs 100 crore is centrally air-conditioned with peak hour capacity of 800 passengers.
Recently, AAI has successfully completed a trial run at the arrival terminal with the landing of Air India flight- AI 9604 from Port Blair carrying about 20 passengers
and the departure terminal may be completed by November-end.
Parking area for 400 cars or taxis and 10 coaches in addition to existing facility has also been facilitated. For conserving the rain water, six rain water harvesting tanks have been constructed.
At the newly built terminal, there are provisions for 18 check-in-counters, four lifts, two escalators, two aero-bridges and security hold seating capacity for 600 passengers at a time.
Three CIP (commercially important person) lounges and two VIP lounges are also planned at the new terminal. For fast clearance of baggage with minimum waiting time, three arrival conveyors each of 250 feet claim length have also been built.