First flight from Kolkata airport's new terminal
The inaugural flight from the new terminal of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata took off on Wednesday morning, coinciding with the 116th birth anniversary of the national leader. The new integrated terminal building was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Jan 20, in the presence of West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and other dignitaries.
"The first inaugural flight AI-021, Sector: Kolkata-Delhi-London was successfully operated on 23rd January, 2013 i.e. on the 116th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at 1000Hrs from New Integrated Terminal Building of NSCBI Airport, Kolkata. There were 115 passengers on board out of which 65 pax. were for International destination," said a statement issued by the airport director.
All the facilities of the new terminal such as, Check-in, Baggage Handling System (BHS), Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Customs, Immigration, Security check, Boarding Gate and other necessary facilities were successfully operated.
The boarding gate No.12 was used with Passenger Boarding Bridges (P.B.B.) and Visual Docking Guidance System (VDGS) facilities.
Airports Authority of India greeted the departing passengers at the entrance of the terminal.
"The passengers expressed their experience as very pleasant and praised for the impressive New Terminal. Media also praised the New Integrated Terminal Building and its facilities," said the statement.
Airports Authority of India with other airport stake holders such as airlines, immigration, customs, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and others held a function to pay homage at the newly installed statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in front of New Integrated Terminal Building, being his 116th birth anniversary. --IBNS