Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, also known as Hyderabad International Airport, is located on 5,500 acres near Shamshabad approximately 30 km from Hyderabad, and opened for business on 23 March 2008.
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The new airport replaces the current Hyderabad airport, Begumpet Airport, and will provide world-class international airport facilities. It will have the longest runway (4.26 km) in India and will be able to handle the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380.
In its initial phase (2008) the airport will have a capacity of 5 million passengers and will finally (2018) accommodate 20 million passengers annually. The new outer-ring-road will link the airport to the center of Hyderabad providing an express route into the city.
The new airport was built by Hyderabad International Airport Limited (HIAL), a partnership between the GMR Group (63%, an Indian construction/infrastructure group), Malaysian Airport Holdings Berhad (11%), Airports Authority of India (13%, representing the Central Government), and the Andhra Pradesh State Government (13%).
HIAL has awarded the Passenger Terminal Building and Air Traffic Control works to China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Limited (CSCEHK) for Rs 615 crore (US$6.15bn). The GHIAL has also given airside and runway works to L&T at a cost of Rs 495 crore (US$4.95bn).
It has recently awarded In-flight Catering to two renowned companies named LSG Sky Chef and Sky Gourmet. Fuel farm Operations Contract has been awarded to RIL.
Business Hotel in the airport has been awarded to Accor Group of Hotels for operation.