Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has laid the foundation stone for a newly integrated terminal at the Tirupati Airport (TIR) in Andhra Pradesh on September 1st. The much-anticipated terminal once operational, would have the capacity to handle 500 domestic and 200 international passengers during peak hours.
Once international operations commence at the airport, pilgrims from neighboring countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka would find it easier to visit the temple town in large numbers, thus turning the city into a major tourism hub.
“Tirupati is one of the major pilgrim centers in our country and attracts people as pilgrims from all over the world. Therefore, it is only appropriate that we are modernizing and upgrading facilities at the existing airport to provide for international operations. This new integrated terminal complex is a part of our efforts to continuously modernize and develop infrastructure facilities at airports all over the country, keeping in view the existing and potential traffic in a particular region,” Manmohan Singh said.
The airport located 14 km east of Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh is equipped with all kinds of amenities like Wheel chair accessibility, Medical aid and assistance for physically challenged, Prepaid taxi services, Trolleys, Business centre, Child care room , Inter terminus bus service among others.