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Kolkata airport’s trial run for multiple flights soon

Ayan Pramanik
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Construction work at the integrated passenger terminal building of the Netaji Subhas Chandra International Airport in Kolkata (file photo).
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Date to be finalised after joint meeting of AAI, airlines

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is likely to conduct a multiple-flight second trial-run on August 17 at the new terminal of Kolkata airport. This is after nearly a month of the new terminal’s first trial-run for a lone flight of IndiGo.

Modern facility

“As the October deadline for operations at the new terminal of Kolkata airport nears, AAI is gearing up for the second trial-run for multiple flights at the modernised facility,” an official of a private carrier told Business Line.

The date will be finalised at a meeting between AAI and the airlines on August 14, sources said.

Frequent trials

“It is important to check how amenities like logistics services inside and outside the terminal, luggage handling system and other facilities operate when many flights arrive,” the official added.

AAI might conduct a trial-run once every two weeks to speed up the process of making the new facility fully operational before October, AAI sources said. B. P. Sharma, the regional airport director, however, did not respond to queries from Business Line. On July 30, Dragonair, a sister airline of Cathay Pacific Airways, confirmed that it would begin its new four-time weekly flight between Kolkata and Hong Kong on November 2.

The new terminal is to handle nearly 54,000 passengers a day and two crore passengers a year.

Increased capacity

Spread over 20 lakh sqft, the terminal will have 104 check-in counters, 25 security kiosks, 18 aerobridges, 53 remote stands for aircraft, hi-tech luggage handling system and other amenities.

ayan.pramanik@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on August 13, 2012)
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