Hyderabad, Nov 21:An order was issued by the Union Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday to name the domestic terminal at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad, after N T Rama Rao, who was the founder of the Telugu Desam Party-also the ruling party of Andhra Pradesh.
A GMR Group official, which manages the airport, confirmed the development and said it would comply with the order. Although the airport will continue to carry the name of Rajiv Gandhi, the domestic terminal will bear the name of N T Rama Rao, former Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh. "Moreover, this is just a restoration of the situation at Begumpet Airport", the official said ministry notification.
The Begumpet airport, during its commercial years had the international terminal named after Rajiv Gandhi and domestic terminal after NTR. The Begumpet airport was closed for scheduled aircraft after the RGIA became operational in 2008.