|GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) is a joint venture company promoted by the GMR Group (63%) in partnership with government of India (13%), government of Andhra Pradesh (13%) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (11%). The Company was incorporated to design, finance, build, operate and maintain a world class greenfield airport at Shamshabad, Hyderabad. The project is based on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and is structured on a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) was inaugurated on March 14, 2008 by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of the UPA and commenced commercial operations with effect from 00:01 hrs on March 23, 2008.
The airport which was commissioned in a record time of 31 months, has an initial capacity of 12 million passengers per annum (MPPA) and 100,000 tons of cargo handling capacity per annum. The Project has the flexibility to increase capacity to accommodate over 40 MPPA and shall be developed in a phased manner.
The airport provides world-class facilities and infrastructure, in accordance with ICAO standards and practices to handle large aircraft and international traffic. Its integrated domestic and international terminals are equipped with 12 contact boarding bridges, 30 remote stands, Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE), self check-in kiosks (Common User Self Service- CUSS) and 46 immigration counters. It also incorporates modern IT systems including Flight Information Display Screens, Baggage Handling System (BHS), and Airport Operational Database (AODB) technology for the first time in India. RGIA is the first Indian airport to have the Airport Operations Control Centre which acts as the nerve centre for all coordination within the airport.
Located strategically at the geographical centre of India within a two hour flying time to all the major cities in India, Hyderabad is well positioned and within a four hour radius from all major cities in the Middle East and South East Asia. Thus, it has the potential to become one of the main air travel hubs in India, and also an important center for destination-cum-transit location for travel between the East and the West. Currently, there are 11 international and 9 domestic airlines operating from Hyderabad flying to over 35 destinations. Lufthansa Cargo also operates a weekly freighter service from Frankfurt via Mumbai. This flight returns to Frankfurt via Sharjah.
The modular integrated Cargo facility is spread over 14,330 sq.mts with a capacity to handle 100000 MT annually. Adjoining that, is an exclusive apron to accommodate Code-F aircraft. The airport provides two Animal Quarantine Stations. The first Quarantine Station is located at the International arrivals and the second, in the Cargo Satellite Building.
On the east of the airport is the 250 acre Aerospace SEZ, that will house, amongst others, the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility, being developed by the GHIAL-MAS Joint Venture. CFM International, a 50-50 joint venture between Snecma (SAFRAN Group) of France and General Electric Company (GE) of the United States will also be setting up its aircraft engine Maintenance Training Centre.
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) and Airports Council International, (ACI World) Geneva, have signed an agreement for the appointment of the GMR Aviation Academy as a Global Training Hub for the Asia Pacific region. The Academy has started offering varied courses.
RGIA has been rated the best in the world by Airports Council International (ACI) in the 5-15 million passengers category for its Airport Service Quality for 2009. It has also been adjudged as the 5th best airport across all categories, both in the world as well as the Asia Pacific Region.
RGIA was the first airport in the world to be awarded the Leadership Energy and Environment Design (LEED) silver rating for its eco-friendly design. It has also won the ‘Outstanding Concrete Structure of Andhra Pradesh’ award from the Indian Concrete Institute.
GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, the CSR wing of the GMR Group has won the ORBIS award, and the TERI Award for enhancing the quality of life in the communities living around the RGIA. It was also awarded the ‘Airport Environmental Performance of the Year 2009’ by the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad is well set to establish the city prominently on the global aviation map, thereby contributing to the prosperity, growth and all round economic development of the region.