Bhaskar News | Last Modified - Jul 05, 2011, 05:05 AM IST
Bhopal: The new centralised terminal of the Raja Bhoj International Airport was opened for the public on Monday. The airport saw a Jet Airways flight taking off for Delhi early on Monday.
The New Integrated Terminal Building (NITB) built under the guidelines of Directorate of General Civil Aviation (DGCA) rules – at the cost of Rs 135 crore – impressed the passengers on Monday.
The terminal was inaugurated on June 28 by Union Minister for Civil Aviation Vayalar Ravi. With the inauguration, Bhopal airport became one of the few cities in India to operate international flights.
Director of Airport Authority of India (AAI) Dr AK Sharma said seven domestic flights of Jet Airways and two domestic flights of Air India have started from the Bhopal airport. These flights have raised hopes of international flights starting soon. Sources said the international flights for Haj pilgrimage are likely to begin from Bhopal airport from this year.
Sources also said flights to Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok and Malaysia are likely to be started from Bhopal.
Travellers at the airport claimed the airport provides better facilities now and can be seen at par with other airports in metro cities across the country. They also said the duration security checking of luggage has been significantly reduced that has helped the passengers a lot.