Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port

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Hy­der­abad’s green­field air­port, RGIA at Shamshabad was in­au­gu­rated in 2008. The de­sign phi­los­o­phy was based on a seven-step for­mula: Make it sim­ple; make it flex­i­ble; make it a loose fit; make it con­ve­nient, com­fort­able, at­trac­tive; max­i­mize rev­enue gen­er­at­ing ar­eas; be gen­er­ous with floor space and fru­gal with me­chan­i­cal in­stal­la­tions.

What it of­fers in the looks depart­ment is yet another web of steel gird­ers sealed with acres of glass. But the at­mos­phere is “true

South In­dian masala ”with a shop­ping car­ni­val, a lucky draw­ing or con­cert tak­ing place at any given time.

Par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial to busi­ness trav­el­ers is the Left Lug­gage Ser­vice, which en­ables those tran­sit­ing through Hy­der­abad for day meet­ings to store their bags with­out the has­sle of lug­ging them into town. There are the req­ui­site air­line lounges with busi­ness cen­ters, plus two com­mon-use lounges op­er­ated by Plaza Pre­mium, which also runs the air­port nap and shower transit ho­tel.

RGIA has been de­signed as an air­port city – an “aerotropo­lis”– with busi­ness parks, ho­tels, en­ter­tain­ment are­nas and shop­ping malls. The master plan calls for an ad­di­tional two phases of ex­pan­sion to the ex­ist­ing air­port, which would bring the to­tal ca­pac­ity to 40 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year, nearly triple its cur­rent size.

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