The new terminal of Kolkata airport is likely to miss the October deadline for commercial operation.

Developed by Airports Authority of India, the modernised facility underwent its first trial run on July 15.

While operations were scheduled to kick off before the Durga Puja Festival beginning October 21, sources confirmed to Business Line that it would be delayed by at least by another two to three months.

“The AAI is yet to announce any official date for the operations to begin formally at the new terminal.

Pending work

A lot of work need to be completed starting from installation of aerobridges to preparing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for various destinations,” they said.

Declining to commit on a specific timeline, B P Sharma, regional airport director, said: “I am not sure whether the operations will begin before Durga Puja. AAI headquarters will take a call on this.”

According to sources, the entire IT system has to be installed and tested before commercial operations kick off.

ayan.pramanik@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on September 20, 2012)
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