Thiruvananthapuram airport work to be completed at one go

Thiruvananthapuram: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to telescope work on two phases of the world-class international terminal complex of the Thiruvananthapuram airport, by commencing work on the Rs.80.58-crore second phase, alongside that of the first phase.

The work on the Rs.165-crore first phase, which includes the Rs.115-crore terminal building, apron and car park, is progressing as per schedule, according to authorities, and is slated for commissioning in December 2008.

According to Airport director, N. Nagraj, rather than wait to finish the first phase in September 2008, it was decided to take up the second phase work on the Chakka side simultaneously, and to complete the Rs.245.58-crore terminal project at one go.

As per existing plans, work on the second phase was expected to commence in September 2008 and be over by 2010.