New Delhi: A new terminal building of Veer Savarkar International Airport at Port Blair is scheduled to be completed by 2017 and is expected to be commissioned March, 2018. Ministry of Civil Aviation K. C. Venugopal told the lower house that the original requirement of 26.50 acres for the new terminal has been reduced to 18.71 acres on the request of the Andaman & Nicobar Administration.
10.60 acres of land has been handed over by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration and PWD to Airport Authority of India (AAI), the permission for use of 4.72 acres of land from the Indian Navy is yet to be received. In addition 3.39 acres of land is still to be acquired.
Veer Savarkar International Airport is the property of Indian Navy and AAI maintains a Civil Enclave at this airport for handling civil operations. Air traffic services are provided by Indian Navy at this airport. The present watch hours are from 0545 hours to 1605 hours.
The previous terminal building to cater for 400 passengers was completed in 2001 and later the runway was extended to 11,000 feet. The the runway at Port Blair airport had suffered damage during 2004 Tsunami, which was later restored.