GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport has opened the interim international departure terminal. It is set to commence operations from October 23.

Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA), today inaugurated the terminal in the presence of Shailendra Kumar Joshi, Chief Secretary, Telanganana, and GBS Raju, Business Chairman, Airports, GMR Group.

The terminal, built in six months, has been designed to cater to the continued growth in traffic, while the existing passenger terminal building has been expanded to increase the capacity.

The interim international departure terminal is an exclusive concourse to handle check-in, security, immigration, and Customs process for international passengers.

After completing these formalities, passengers will move into the main passenger terminal building using elevators and escalators, where they will have access to shopping, retail, food & beverages and lounge access.

The terminal is equipped with a host of new technologies, including India’s first-ever remote hand baggage screening facility, which when coupled with the new automatic tray retrieval system hand baggage screening, can offer up to double the passenger throughput at security checkpoints. This will cut down the waiting time and enhance the passenger experience.

The terminal will also offer a ‘premium check-in’ facility, where passengers travelling in first/business class can experience a separate, personalised and assisted check-in process. The terminal would also offer dedicated immigration and security counters to serve the first/business class passengers.

Also, the Hyderabad duty free store at the departure level has been relocated and upgraded to offer an enhanced shopping experience to passengers.

GBS Raju, Business Chairman, Airports, GMR Group, said: “Hyderabad Airport has witnessed impressive growth, with the total traffic more than doubling over the past 4 years. This exclusive facility for international passengers is a testimony to GMR’s ability to proactively develop infrastructure and capacity to ensure unhindered growth of the civil aviation sector in the country.”

SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL, said, “Our city is witnessing a boom in air travel and with its strategic locational advantage, the passenger traffic through Hyderabad airport is growing at a rate of about 24% YoY. Even as the main passenger terminal and other airport facilities undergo a large-scale capacity expansion to meet the growth in traffic, we have developed the interim international departure terminal as an extension of the existing airport with the objective of offering additional interim capacity, without compromising on passenger experience and service quality."

Currently, 22 airlines operate international flights from Hyderabad International Airport. On an average, the airport handles over 5,500 international passengers and 32 international flights, connecting to 29 global destinations.

The exclusive interim international departure terminal facility is located close to the Haj Terminal facility, and is adjacent to the international pier of the main passenger terminal building. It can be accessed from both Srisailam and Shamshabad side through Rotary 1 leading to Haj Terminal and ATC tower.