They are planning to increase the ultimate capacity to over 100 million passengers per annum. (Representational Image/ ANI)
Hyderabad: The ministry of civil aviation extended the operational rights for the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad to GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), till March 22, 2068. An extension of another 30 years had been granted to this firm.
According to GHIAL, the RGIA, which was operated by them since March 23, 2008, initially got rights for 30 years, and now has been further extended another 30 years’ term of the concession agreement for operations, by the ministry of civil aviation.
The RGIA is India’s first greenfield airport built under public private partnership model. This airport marked 21 million passengers per annum before the outbreak of Covid in 2019. The airport presently is undergoing a major expansion, post which the capacity will get enhanced to 34 million passengers per year and 1,50,000 tonnes of cargo handling capacity per annum.
They are planning to increase the ultimate capacity to over 100 million passengers per annum.
This airport which was inaugurated in March 2008, is the first airport in India to introduce a unique e-boarding solution, leveraging technology to deliver a seamless and enhanced experience to the travellers.
The strategically located international airport in Hyderabad has put the city prominently on the global aviation map, and continues to contribute to all-round economic development of the region.