The revamp of the Civil Enclave or popularly known as Prayagraj Airport is being done keeping in mind the convenience of tourists and devotees coming from other countries in the Mahakumbh to be held in Prayagraj in 2025.
To improve air connectivity of Sangam city with the rest of the country before the Mahakumbh, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to give the Prayagraj airport a major uplift.
From air connectivity to expansion of terminal and number of flights, Prayagraj airport has left behind the airports of many cities. The revamp of the Civil Enclave or popularly known as Prayagraj airport is being done keeping in mind the convenience of tourists and devotees coming from other countries in the Mahakumbh to be held in Prayagraj in 2025.
According to airport director RR Pandey, the government plans to redevelop the airport at a cost of Rs 175 crore. The works has been initiated and the tender process will be completed next month.
The number of aerobridges, a passenger boarding bridge which connects the aircraft doors to the airport terminal, will be added as the expansion of flight movement in the airport would increase, he said.
Deputy general manager of Prayagraj airport Pramod Kumar Singh said at present the number of aerobridges is two and four more would be added before Mahakumbh. With this, the airport will become the first in UP with six aerobridges.
The official added that there has been continuous expansion of air connectivity of city. After Lucknow and Varanasi, Prayagraj airport has now reached the third position in terms of flights and passenger movement.
“Currently, 24 domestic flights operate from this airport to 12 cities. After the expansion, their number will also increase to more than 16,” Pandey said.
The number of passengers traveling by air from here is also increasing daily. Last year 5,48,310 had traveled by air from Prayagraj airport.
The airport has achieved an important position in terms of increasing the number of passengers every month and every year and at present it is at the third position in the state. It currently has one terminal whose area is 6700 sqm. At present, 320 passengers can sit here. Under the expansion plan, a new airport terminal building of 9500 sqm will be constructed, which will have a seating capacity of 500.
In this way, the capacity of this place will be 820 passengers till Mahakumbh. Keeping in view the environmental protection standards in the new terminal building, solar energy will be used in the entire building.
Apart from this, there is a plan to increase the capacity of Prayagraj airport’s apron to accommodate 15 aircraft.