Project Update – Amritsar International Airport
Unity Infraprojects and Pratibha Industries are jointly executing the Amritsar International Airport. The airport is also known as the Raja Sansi International Airport as well as the Guru Ram Das International Airport. Located on the Amritsar-Ajnala Road, near the village of Raja Sansi, it is about 11 km north-west from the city of Amritsar, India.
Amritsar Raja Sansi Airport has now completed Phase II of its development. New integrated terminal building was inaugurated on February 25, 2009 at the Amritsar International Airport under modernisation plan to meet international standards. The new Integrated Terminal Building at the Amritsar airport has an area of 40175 sq m (approximately) compared to 12,770 sq m previously.
The newly-inaugurated terminal building is glass and steel structures having modern passenger friendly facilities such as central air conditioning system, inline X-ray baggage inspection system integrated with the baggage conveyor system, escalators, public address system, Flight Information Display System, CCTV for surveillance, check-in counters with Common Use Terminal Equipment, car parking, etc. The integrated terminal building at Amritsar would have a peak hour passenger handling capacity of 1200 passengers and annual handling capacity of 14.6 lakh passengers. The integrated building has 30 check-in counters, four X-ray scanners (for baggage); 26 immigration Counters; ten custom counters; 12 security check booths and four conveyor belt – arrival. The apron has been extended to cater for parking of total of 14 aircraft (8 Category ‘E’, 3 Category ‘D’ and 3 Category ‘C’ type of aircraft) from the earlier capacity of ten aircraft and strengthened for parking of Category ‘E’ type of aircraft.
The departure and arrival hall have facility for duty free shops. The departure hall also accommodates foreign currency exchange, book store, restaurant and other shops for the convenience of departing passengers. Airport will also have a brand new cargo handling facility due to demands from exporters in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, who have no alternative apart from Delhi which is far too far away. The proposed site for the Permanent Perishable Cargo Centre is located close to the air cargo complex, which has a capacity of 200 tonnes per day, passenger terminal building size to be doubled to 41,000 sq m, four new aerobridges to be installed, parking bays to be increased from 5 to 14, a new car park for passengers and visitors.