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Rajiv Gandhi International Airport popularly known as Shamshabad Airport, is a new airport near Shamshabad about 22 km from the city of Hyderabad , in India named after former prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi . The airport will replace the current airport, Begumpet Airport . Scheduled to open on 16 March 2008, it is the second public-private partnership in the Indian airport infrastructure sector, the first being the Cochin International Airport .

Shamshabad Airport was inaugurated by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, in presence of Chief Minister Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Praful Patel.

The new Hyderabad airport is being built by Hyderabad International Airport Limited (HIAL), a public-private joint venture between GMR Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and both the State Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India (AAI). GMR Group holds 63% of the equity, MAHB 11%, while the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Airports Authority of India each hold 13%.

The airport, once completed, will be able to provide much-needed infrastructure to handle large aircraft and international traffic. The airport is expected to be the best in the country and will house world-class facilities. The airport is being developed to cater to a total of 12 million a year and will in the final stage be able to cater to 40 million passengers a year. The total cost of the project is Rs 2,300 crore (US$560 million). The airport will be built on an area of 5,400 acres (22 km²).

A Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A320 with 86 journalists, company officials and crew members became the first plane to land at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 15:10 on Tuesday, February 12th 2008 as a part of calibration tests. The A320 was followed by a Jet Airways plane two hours later, arriving from Mumbai.

Initial Phase
A 105,300 square meter terminal, having the capacity to handle 12 million passengers per annum is being constructed. The terminal building will have 12 contact and 30 remote stands for aircraft parking. Other buildings, including the ATC Tower ( Air Traffic Control Tower ), Technical Building, Cargo (100,000 tonnes capacity), _MRO ( Maintenance and Repair Overhaul ), CFR Station ( Crash, Fire and Rescue Station ) and Utilities having a combined area of 35,000 sq.m will also be constructed. A hotel is also being planned for construction in this phase.


Second Phase
Check in counters at the Hyderabad International Airport at DeparturesIn Phase 2, Terminal 1 will be expanded to an area of 250,000 sq.m to cater to the growing demand. Post expansion, terminal building will have 54 stands for aircraft parking. The LCT will also be expanded to its full capacity of 1.5 million passengers per annum.

Final Phase
The airport will reach its full maturity in this Phase. An additional floor area of 430,000 sq.m will be constructed bringing the total built up area to 900,000 sq.m.The ultimate master plan is to cater to 50 million passengers per annum to both airside and landside facilities within the Airport site. Further acquisition of land to the north and south will allow expansion of a third and fourth runway system.

Facilities in Initial Phase
Terminal Area 117,000 sq. m (including undercroft)
Peak Hour passenger Capacity 3,200
Boarding Bridges 12
Baggage Handling System In-Line X-Ray
Runway Length 4,260 m
Width 60 m
Shoulder 7.5 m


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