The new passenger terminal at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius has a total area of 57,000 square metres, and will cater for up to 4.5 million passengers a year, doubling previous capacity. The terminal will support the country in addressing issues related to the airport complex, which is the only tourist gateway connecting Mauritius with the rest of the world.
Inspired by the Ravenala madagascariensis, commonly known as the ‘traveller’s tree’, this industrial facility was developed to meet environmental standards. The project has taken three years to complete, and cost $305 million.
The airport sector contributes about 15% to the country’s gross domestic product and has created more than 7,000 jobs in Mauritius.
The new terminal has five new docking stations in addition to the three existing ones, and seven passenger boarding bridges for simultaneous handling of six wide-bodied aircraft. At peak times, the terminal can handle up to 14 flight departures and arrivals.
The new parking area has room for more than 600 vehicles and the raised access road to the terminal has two separate lanes to allow greater fluidity in the dropping off of passengers travelling to the airport by car or by bus. The new terminal has a modern and bright atmosphere and is designed for the convenience of passengers.