Hyderabad, Oct 18 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was a boon to Greater Hyderabad, that was attracting huge investments in all development sectors.
Reviewing the progress of works at the airport near Shamshabad, he said the greenfield airport would commence its commercial operations on March 16, 2008.
The airport with world-class amenities would provide much-needed infrastructure to handle large aircraft and international traffic effectively.
Dr Reddy had sent an official letter to the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi inviting her to inaugurate the airport and formally dedicate it to the nation in March 2008.
The airport was developed under Public-Private-Partnership, jointly by the Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (HIAL), GMR Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, the state government and the Airport Authority of India Ltd.
The Rs 26,257 crore airport, on a sprawling 5,400 acres, would have the capacity to handle 12 million passengers a year and towards the final stage it would cater to 40 million passengers.
He directed the Municipal administration officials to speed up the works of flyovers and approach roads to the airport.