Airports Authority of India (AAI) is on track to complete the expansion of Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) Airport by June 2023 with AAI saying that more than 85% of the construction work is already complete. The Rs 951 crore (US$117m) project includes the construction of a new passenger terminal, as well as a new apron, air traffic control (ATC) tower and the upgrade of airside facilities to cater for growing passenger traffic at the gateway to Tamil Nadu in southern India.

Covering an area of 75,000 sq.m. the terminal building has been designed, according to AAI, as an iconic structure and will feature a majestic roof. Designed to process 2900 passengers during peak travel times, the terminal will be equipped with 48 check-in counters and 10 passenger boarding bridges. Energy efficient features are integral to the design. To create a sense of place the architecture, interior design and furnishings will reflect the local art and architecture.

Alongside the new apron, ATC tower and taxiways, an isolation bay is also being constructed to provide the airport with a multi apron ramp system suitable for five wide-body or 10 narrow body aircraft. In addition, a control room, supporting equipment rooms, terminal RADAR, meteorological offices and premises for AAI will all be part of the airport revamp. Meanwhile, a four-lane access road providing greater connectivity between the terminal building and the city is also underway.

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