at a cost of 306 million dollars, the new terminal
is one of just a few in the world to be controlled
from a single computer centre. Seventy percent
local materials were used in its construction
by 356 engineers and 3050 building labourers
working on a shift system. The terminal was
completed in a record 22 months, 8 months before
the agreed deadline.
for some figures which give an indication of
the size and features of the new terminal building.
So that passengers are not kept waiting, there
are 160 check-in desks, 64 passport control
desks, 34 x-ray machines, 8 baggage turntables
with a capacity of 10,000 pieces of luggage,
45 lifts, 21 escalators, and 1361 metres of
moving walkways. The terminal incorporates special
construction systems designed to withstand earthquakes
of up to 8.5, and security systems are based
on cutting edge technology to deal quickly and
efficiently with terrorist attacks and every
other emergency situation.