Hyderabad International Airport

Hyderabad  International Airport.

India is considered one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. With rapid liberalization of the Indian aviation policy, growth in air travel per capita and boom in the business/tourism sectors, the need for internationally benchmarked airports is greater than ever. Hyderabad Airport is located around 25 kms from Hyderabad city. Built to the capacity of 40 million passengers per annum, the Airport is designed to handle New Large Aircrafts (NLA), including the Airbus A380. The modular design of the airport will allow incremental expansion of each area, without major rebuilding or operational disruption.

The city of Hyderabad is a natural aviation hub, owing to its strategic location on the map of India. It is connected to all major Indian airports within two hours flying time. Internationally too, Hyderabad makes an ideal transit point for flights from west to east and vice versa. ersa.

Taking advantage of the rapidly expanding Indian aviation sector and leveraging Hyderabad's strategic location, the Hyderabad airport is positioned to become an important hub on the global aviation map.
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 green field 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 airport which was commissioned in a record time of 31 months in March 2008, 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. 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 five hour radius from all major cities in the Middle East and South East Asia. Thus, it has the potential to not only become one of the main air travel hubs in India, but also an important center for destination-cum-transit location for travel between the East and the West.

The modular integrated Cargo facility is spread over 14,330 sq.mts with a capacity to handle 100000 MT annually.

Adjoining 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.

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. The Airport has also been adjudged as the 5th best across all categories, both in the world as well as the Asia Pacific Region.

Other salient features of the Airport include an integrated terminal that offers an international experience with a local flavor, airport village with shopping arcade, 305-room business hotel located just three kilometers away from airport, conference facilities for the business traveler and integrated modern IT systems. The airport has 13 lounges including the airline lounges being operated by Air India and Kingfisher. Plaza Premium operates the country’s first airline independent lounges at both domestic and international departure concourses, offering services like business center, baggage hold with pick-up & delivery, 28 bed Nap & Shower besides spa services as well.

Retail area in the RGIA has a contemporary ambience akin to a modern duty free and paid shopping space. This is a unique and first of its kind model featuring a walk-through concept. The duty free offering at the RGIA is designed to offer and create a unique experience to the traveler of today.

RGIA is 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.

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.
We at GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) consider environmental protection as an integral part of our business and are committed to conducting our business in an environment-friendly and sustainable manner, in line with our Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs and Corporate Policies. As part of this commitment, we have taken the following green initiatives:-

1. Greening the Airport:
To maintain ecological balance at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), green belt has been developed in an area of 273 hectares with various plant species and 971 hectares of natural greenery has been left undisturbed. RGIA received the best landscape award from the State Govt. in the years 2011 and 2012.

2. Energy conservation:
RGIA has achieved energy saving of 3.97million kWh (kilowatt hour) in the last two years from various energy conservation practices, thus reducing carbon footprint by about 3331 tons. RGIA received “Certificate of Merit” in National Energy Conservation Awards 2011 from Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Govt. of India for its achievements.

3. GHG inventory:
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory has been conducted since 2009 and the same was verified and validated by a third party in line with ISO 14064: 2006 (Greenhouse Gas Emissions Quantification, Reporting and its Removal) requirements. RGIA has reduced scope 1 and scope 2 emissions over the years.

4. Green Buildings:
The RGIA Passenger Terminal Building has ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ (LEED) certification for its unique design, which allows maximum natural lighting, and other features that enable optimal use of energy and water.

5. Waste water reuse & recycle:
Wastewater is being treated in Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at site and being reused for flushing and plantation. Sludge from STP is being used as manure.

6. Rainwater harvesting:
At RGIA, the rainwater net recharge is estimated at 1.729 million cubic metre per annum. Surface water use and several water saving measures contribute to water conservation.

7. Solid waste Management:
Food waste generated from the airport is converted as compost on the site. Compost is used as manure in place of Chemical Fertilizers. Paper and plastic waste are handed over to recyclers for reprocess and reuse.

8. ISO 14001:2004 (International Environmental Management System)
RGIA is ISO 14001: 2004 certified as a part of IMS certification.

9. Environmental Quality Monitoring:
Environmental quality monitoring is being done in and around the airport at 10 locations. The ambient air quality and noise levels are well within the regulatory norms.

10. Environment Community Support:

GMR has a CSR arm – GMRVF. The Foundation works in several surrounding villages with the aim of participatory rural development and strengthening of village communities and their institutions. Several vocational training programmes are conducted for youth.

Some key training programs targeting towards environmental conservation include making of jute bags and training for landscape maintenance. The foundation also conducts awareness programmes on environmental conservation for school children.

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