The all new state-of-the- art T2 integrated terminal at Kolkata’s NITB (New Integrated Terminal Building) at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, commenced operations with an inaugural flight from local carrier Jet Airways. The first flight ‘9W066’ to the Thai capital Bangkok departed at 00:15 on March 11, 2013 after a symbolic ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Dr. BP Sharma, the Airport Director and was followed shortly after by Jet international flights to Dhaka, Bangladesh and a second rotation to Bangkok.
Jet Airways is currently the largest carrier in the eastern region of India offering 76 daily services to/from Kolkata connecting India's cultural capital with major metros and destinations in the north east of the country. It subsequently on March 15, 2013 transferred its domestic operations to the new terminal with its flight to Silchar that morning being its first local service from the facility.
Speaking ahead of Routes Asia about this momentous occasion Sudheer Raghavan, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said: “It is indeed a proud moment for the airline to be the first operator to start services from one of India's finest terminals and will no doubt prove to be one of the top airports in the region.”
“NITB's T2 integrated terminal is at par with global standards in its use of technology, safety features, and an ambience offering a sense of space with a distinct regional feel in terms of aesthetics. More importantly, T2 will be able to provide our guests with the comfort and ease of seamless travel while they connect from international gateway points on to the airline's extensive domestic network via Kolkata,” he added.