Fliers who are likely to take Kolkata bound flights to India in some four months time will be greeted by a sparkling new terminal building at the NSC Bose International Airport. India’s Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh made the announcement.
Travellers scheduled to take flights to India, connecting Kolkata will be able to enjoy the services of a new terminal in coming few months. NSC Bose International Airport’s new terminal building, with a capacity to handle four million passengers, would be operational within four months.
“The ongoing modernisation of the airport here is nearing completion and the new terminal building with increased capacity of four million passengers from the existing one million will be commissioned well within four months”, India’s Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Monday.
NSC Bose International Airport’s new terminal building is also going to encourage growth and promote tourism in the region, says the Indian minister.
“Kolkata Airport is not only the gateway of eastern and north-eastern India, but also entire South-East Asia and developed air connectivity here will help promote development as well as tourism, besides creating opportunities for employment,” the minister was quoted in different media reports.
The minister also implied that the Airports Authority of India is going to be benefited by the developed air-connectivity in the eastern Indian state. Travel buffs will have options of better connections and they would be able to opt for the ones that could get them tickets on cheap flight to India or for any onward tour.
Keeping in mind the potential of Kolkata as a holiday destination, helipad services are also considered.
“We are also planning to introduce heliport services in West Bengal. It will give an edge to the tourism industry. I have discussed the matter with the chief minister and have asked to suggest the areas where the services can be started,” said Singh.
Currently, NSC Bose International Airport is the fifth busiest airport in the country in terms of overall passenger traffic. The airport serves domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for more than 15 airlines, including Jet Airways, Emirates and Air India.