AAI airports are continuously setting an example by offering contemporary infrastructure, enhanced passenger amenities and pioneering services that can be categorised as Iconic Airports
Airports these days are not mere transport hubs but are destinations as well. Acting as natural gateways and often the first point of contact with the local destination, it is imperative that the experience of the traveller should be memorable. Marching forward with the same inkling, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been setting new benchmarks towards betterment and excellence in customer satisfaction.
AAI has incessantly ensured that each AAI airport reflects India’s growing global stature in the truest sense. By investing in this new vision, AAI has created out of the world experiences for the passengers, emphasising predominantly on design and architecture. This commitment shines through in the detailing of each and every new airport.
SIGNIFICANT ICONIC AIRPORTS
AAI airports reflects a sense of place that is a unique collection of qualities and characteristics – visual, cultural, social, and environmental. The phenomenon is about conveying lifestyles and traditions, making any place a destination in its own right, just like an airport, which is not just a place you fly to and from. AAI is already working on the same lines and has gone par-excellence in the field of airport making and creating. The present-day infrastructure, improved passenger facilities and ground-breaking services offered to commuters by few airports have outshined others and have put them in a remarkable category of AAI’s iconic Airports. These gold-standard airports have attained greater heights in the last few years and are setting an example for all future endeavours.
Located in the north east of the city, Vadodara Airport in Gujarat spreads over an area of 630.60 acres. Vadodara Airport is also the first 4-star Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) adhered green airport in India.
The world-class design of the façade of the building at Vadodara Airport avowals of excellence and a contemporary build. Enthused by the body and wings of airplanes, the building’s bold sweeping form and identity is achieved by wrapping the east and west sides and the roof with one continuous aerodynamic metal skin. One of the prominent structural features is the gigantic archway wrapping up the entire terminal and heightening it to form some space. Skylights follow the geometry of the trusses further opening the structural framework to allow natural light to permeate through the terminal.
The architectural marvel also infuses regional art and culture which is beautifully reflected in the inside of the building featuring associated substructures such as utility building, cafeteria, car parking. The volumetric proportion of the interior spaces combined with filtered natural light from skylights above, along with lush garden and creative artefacts, depicts Vadodara’s heritage. All these design marvels make Vadodara one of the iconic airports and at par with contemporary airports.
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA AIRPORT, RAIPUR
Adding to the allure of the nature’s bounty Chhattisgarh is the Swami Vivekananda Airport (SVA) sporting its world-class design. The Raipur Airport gleams with pride showcasing the new integrated terminal building designed to accommodate 700 passengers. The design of the building, lays emphasis on the vastness of spaces, the visual experience of the sky and the subtle landing on the ground with the terminal building acting as a catalyst integrating all three.
Deriving its genesis from an “Avian” that is conceived with a sliced dome at the centre and multiple wings elevating the roof profile towards the sky and the number of awards that Raipur Airport has won is a clear testament to this fact. This magnificent transparent terminal with inspiring architecture, set in a larger than life structural canvas makes for a “grand welcome” for the travellers. A definite movement pattern, clear segregation of spaces and short travel distances are every traveller’s delight when alighting from the terminal.
The architects of Raipur Airport are meticulously planning the implementation of various passive green measures using the best accessible resources. The airport has a lake for conservation and recycling of water along with generating a nonconventional source of energy through solar voltaic panels. Every corner of the airport reflects engineering brilliance and diligently designed ethos.
CHANDIGARH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh is known for its beautiful architectures surrounding the city.
The Chandigarh Airport denotes the same quintessence as it is built to reflect world- class architecture and design, which makes it one of the best newly built airports in the country. The new terminal building is one of the major components of the master plan 2040, in which the development is planned in 3 phases on the 305-acre site. The building boasts of an installation of a unique cut-out at departure level allowing light to enter from the roof and considerably reduces the artificial lighting. The perfect use of the space-frame for the main roof eliminates the need for any false ceiling.
The public area has been augmented with the extensive artwork executed by the local artisans giving the airport the rich look and feel, showcasing regional culture and traditions. The airport is also as lush as it can possibly get and flaunts its green design that was inspired by the creator of Chandigarh’s iconic Rock Garden.
TIRUPATI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Awarded with GRIHA 4-star rating, the Tirupati International Airport is indisputably one of the best airports when it comes to architectural brilliance. The passenger terminal building at the airport is a graphic interpretation of the form of Garuda (eagle), with its association as the carrier of Lord Venkateswara, a form of Lord Vishnu, the presiding deity of this place and correlated with the concept of flight.
The daunting structure of the building has been designed by deriving inspiration from the shape of Garuda inflight, with its wings flapping/spread in the air and instantly connects with the passengers visiting this temple city for religious pilgrimage. The roof consists of five segments, disconnected enough to allow ingress of light throughout the building, further highlighting the feeling of lightness in the structure. The steel portion of the building is designed in a way that it hugs the roof enhancing the floating appearance of the same. The interiors of the airport have exclusively used different forms of artworks like sculptures, paintings and murals giving the airport a human scale.
Buildings are complex structures that demand a proper installation of important parameters like functional efficacy, safety and aesthetics for a better design and the Tirupati Airport building’s capability of energy efficiency adds another feather to its cap. The building relishes an advantage of orientation as longer faces aligned with the runway are north/south facing. The magnificent work done at the Tirupati Airport is seen in the light of conceptualizing and revamping of airport with innovative idea of incorporating local art and craft. It enhances the ambience of the airport and has received appreciation from passengers visiting.
NETAJI Subhash CHANDRA BOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The new integrated terminal building of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, Kolkata, visibly describes the ambition and motif of AAI to provide a terminal that would suffice for the country’s burgeoning air travel across the world. The building at NSCBI Airport reflects both the stateof-the-art technology and the unique cultural essence of Bengal.
Inspired by a very creative and bold design, the Kolkata Airport’s makeover resulted in it being awarded Best Improved Airport in the Asia-Pacific Region in 2014 and 2015 by the Airports Council International (ACI), the only global trade representative of the world’s airport authorities. The airport is truly unique with its minimalistic design made with stark steel and glass. The use of steel hollow sections as part of the composite structural helped
achieve column free interiors.
Talking about the ceiling, it’s nothing short of excellence. Adorned with the writings of famous Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, the ceiling celebrates Tagore’s creativity in all its glory. Deliberate juxtapositions of traditional calligraphy motifs on contemporary materials seamlessly blend a rich culture and legacy of Kolkata and the day-lit interiors simply add to a great flying experience.