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Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate new integrated terminal at Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the new integrated terminal building of Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair on July 18 via video conferencing. The terminal, built at a cost of approximately Rs 710 crore, spans an area of around 40,800 sqm and has the capacity to handle at least 50 lakh passengers annually. It includes an apron suitable for accommodating two Boeing 767-400 and two Airbus 321 aircraft, costing around Rs 80 crore.

The new integrated terminal building at Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair, will ensure easier travel to Andaman and Nicobar islands. This will be a big boost for tourism in particular. The building will be inaugurated tomorrow, 18th July, at 10:30 AM. –  PM Modi’s tweet

The terminal’s design is inspired by a shell shape, symbolizing the sea and islands, and it features 28 check-in counters, three passenger boarding bridges, and four conveyor belts. Sustainability measures such as a double insulated roofing system, LED lighting, and low heat gain glazing are incorporated. The airport will receive 100% natural lighting for 12 hours daily through skylights along the roof.

To enhance sustainability, the terminal incorporates rainwater catchment, an on-site sewage treatment plant that reuses 100% of treated wastewater for landscaping, and a 500 KW capacity solar power plant.

This modern facility is expected to boost air traffic, tourism, and connectivity in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, while providing an economic uplift to the region. The airport is named after the renowned freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, also known as Veer Savarkar. Besides the civilian terminal managed by the Airports Authority of India, other air traffic operations in Port Blair are undertaken by the Indian Navy. The airport’s current runway, with a length of 3,290 m, can accommodate narrow-body aircraft such as Airbus A320, Airbus A321, and Boeing 737.

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