Guwahati airport plans major capacity boost with Icarus-inspired new terminal

With the new terminal building in place at the Guwahati airport, the capacity will increase to about 10 million passengers annually

Guwahati airport plans major capacity boost with Icarus-inspired new terminal
Artist's impression of the revamped Guwahati airport.

To meet the increasing passenger traffic at the Guwahati airport, a new integrated terminal building is being constructed at the cost of Rs 1,232 crore. The new terminal will be ready by 2022, said a senior official of the Airport Authority of India (AAI).

The Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati is the biggest and busiest international airport in North Eastern India. The AAI is planning to nearly double its capacity. The airport currently handles over six million passengers annually.

With the new terminal building in place, the capacity at the airport will increase to 4,300 domestic and 200 international passengers during peak hours and about 10 million passengers annually, said a senior official.

Packed with features

Explaining the salient features of the new terminal building, the official said that it will be equipped with 64 check-in counters, 20 self-check-in kiosks, six baggage carousels, an in-line baggage security screening system and 10 aerobridges. The terminal will be an energy-efficient building.

Work in progress on the new terminal building at the Guwahati airport. 

The new terminal building will have two levels, with a total built-up area of 1,02,500 square metres at the arrival at the lower level and the departure at the upper level.

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There will also be a mezzanine floor between the two levels, a part of which will serve as the air-side arrival corridor for passengers alighting from the boarding bridges. A baggage handling system for outbound baggage will be on the other part of the mezzanine floor.

Construction in full flow on the new terminal building at the Guwahati airport.

Futuristic yet traditional design

The terminal has been designed by Design Forum International, an award-winning architectural consultancy firm. The design of the terminal building is inspired by Icarus, a character from Greek mythology and one of the earliest inspirations of human flight.

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The airport roof is styled using the art of origami, and the design is an ode to human endeavour, craft and innovation. The façade of the terminal will reflect the same language of origami in certain parts owing to the need for solid wall surfaces.

Construction underway at the Guwahati airport.

The official added that more than 38% of the project work has been completed and the new terminal building is expected to be ready by June 2022.

Serving one of the fastest-growing cities in India, the Guwahati airport also has connectivity with South East Asia and is going to attract more passengers in the coming years.