The Interim International Departure Terminal at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad will be made operational on October 23.
According to GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), the airport operator, all international departure flights will operate from this terminal with effect from 10:30 am on October 23.
It has advised the passengers to check with their respective airlines before leaving for the airport. Passengers who are booked on Air India International flights AI 127, AI 952, AI 978, AI 988, AI 966 & AI 051 and travelling to domestic destinations are also advised to report at the Interim International Terminal (IIDT) as per their scheduled departure times, GHIAL said in a statement.
IIDT, which has been built to facilitate airport's expansion, is located adjacent to the Haj Terminal and can be accessed from both Shamshabad and Srisailam sides of the airport's main approach road via Rotary 1 (Cargo rotary).
A dedicated free shuttle service has been arranged between the existing terminal and IIDT for the convenience of passengers. This shuttle service will be available at the Arrivals Ramp and will operate at regular intervals.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is projected to handle 20 million passengers during the current financial year as it embarks on an expansion that will take its overall capacity to 40 million passengers per annum.
Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey inaugurated the terminal, an exclusive concourse to handle check-in, security, immigration and custom processes for departing international passengers, earlier this month.
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd CEO S.G.K. Kishore said the interim terminal with one lakh square feet space was built at a cost of less than Rs 50 crore. Built with pre-engineering technology, the structure has come up in less than seven months.
The interim terminal is aimed at ensuring expansion of the capacity without hampering growth.
One of India's modern world-class airports built in public-private partnership, it completed 10 years in March, 2018. Designed for a capacity of 12 million, it is currently handling 18 million passengers per annum.
Kishore said Hyderabad had been the fastest growing airport over the last 3-4 years. "In 2015 we celebrated 10 million passengers. We have almost doubled this year and by March next year we would have handled 20 million passengers," he said.
The expansion works, which will take the overall capacity to 34-40 million passengers, are likely to be completed in 2-3 years. By the time the expansion is completed, the passenger traffic may touch 24-27 million.
Hyderabad Airport had crossed 20% growth in domestic passenger traffic and with international passenger traffic, the airport has been growing at around 20% annually for last three years.