GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) had commissioned Hyderabad airport in 2008 with an initial passenger handling capacity of 12 million passengers a year. Hyderabad Airport is located around 25 km from the city of Hyderabad. Built with the aim to accommodate up to 40 million passengers per annum, the Airport is designed to handle New Large Aircrafts (NLA), including the Airbus A380. The modular design of the airport will allow incremental expansion of each area, without major rebuilding or operational disruption. GHIAL plans to take up expansion of passenger handling capacity next year. The ultimate aim is to handle 40 million passengers a year. GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) is a joint venture company promoted by the GMR Group (63%) in partnership with Government of India (13%), Government of Telangana (13%) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (11%). The airport authorities are considering plans to undertake expansion of the passenger handling capacity next year. The proposal is in design stage as of now.