Surat, India – February 7, 2024 | Updated at 2024-02-07T18:00:00Z
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman, Sanjeev Kumar, announced today that the potential of Surat Airport will triple once its newly constructed terminal becomes operational. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the terminal during his day-long visit to Surat on Sunday. This development marks a significant milestone in the city’s infrastructure enhancement and economic expansion.
Speaking to ANI ahead of the inauguration, Chairman Kumar emphasized the transformative impact of the terminal’s completion. He highlighted Prime Minister Modi’s decision to designate Surat Airport as an international airport, a move endorsed by the Union Cabinet earlier in the week. This designation not only positions Surat as a key global gateway but also streamlines export-import operations, particularly benefiting the city’s thriving diamond and textile industries.
The Surat Airport’s expansion, undertaken at a cost of Rs 353 crore, reflects the government’s commitment to bolstering regional connectivity and fostering economic growth. Currently serving 14 domestic destinations and international flights to Sharjah, the airport handles over 252 passenger flight operations per week.
Chairman Kumar outlined the key features of the new terminal, designed to meet the evolving needs of passengers. These include spacious interiors, ample parking facilities, multiple entry gates, and an increased number of check-in counters. The terminal’s construction integrates elements of Surat’s rich culture and heritage, showcasing local craftsmanship such as Rogan art, Zari embroidery, and wood carvings.
Moreover, the terminal incorporates sustainability measures such as double-insulated roofing, energy-saving canopies, and rainwater harvesting systems. It also features a sewage treatment plant, water recycling facilities, and a solar power plant, aligning with India’s commitment to environmental conservation.
Surat, renowned as the “Diamond City” and a hub for textiles and education, has witnessed remarkable economic growth in recent years. With its strategic location and burgeoning industries, the city stands poised for further development with the expansion of its airport infrastructure.
The inauguration of the new terminal underscores Surat’s emergence as a dynamic economic powerhouse and a symbol of India’s progress. As the city continues to attract investment and talent, the enhanced connectivity provided by the airport will catalyze its growth trajectory, benefiting residents, businesses, and visitors alike.