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Over one-third of work done, new LGBI Airport building to be ready by mid-2022

New building of LGBI Airport under construction.
 GUWAHATI, Oct 7 - More than 38 per cent of the work on the New Integrated Terminal Building of the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport, also known as Guwahati International Airport, has been completed and the building is scheduled to be ready by June 2022. The Guwahati airport, the biggest and the busiest international airport in the Northeast, has connectivity with the South East Asian region and is going to attract more passengers in the coming years.“To meet the future demands of Guwahati and add to the infrastructural development of the expanding city, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had undertaken the construction work of the building with a cost of Rs 1,232 crore.

 LGBI Airport currently handles over six million passengers annually. The new terminal building will be capable of handling 4,300 domestic and 200 international passengers during peak hours and about 10 million passengers annually. Equipped with 64 check-in counters, 20 self-check in kiosk, six baggage carousels, in-line baggage security screening system and 10 aero-bridges, the terminal will be an energy-efficient building.

With a total built-up area of 1,02,500 sqm, the terminal will have two levels – arrival at the lower/apron level and departure at the upper level.

In addition to these two primary floors, there will be two more floors; a mezzanine between the two levels, a part of which serves as the air-side arrival corridor for passengers alighting from the boarding bridges. The other part of this mezzanine acts as a service floor for the baggage handling system used for outbound baggage.

The design of the building is inspired by Icarus, the mythological figure, one of the earliest inspirations of human flight. Origami art has been used to design the roof; the design is an ode to human endeavour, crafts and innovation. The facade of the terminal will reflect the same language of origami in certain parts owing to the need for solid wall surfaces, an official press release stated.

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