Saturday, August 05, 2017

No amenities at Vizag airport

Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam International Airport, one of the fastest growing airports in the country with 2.4 million passengers using the airport per year, lacks basic amenities for the people who wait to receive passengers and or send them off.
Presently 26 flights take off every day from this airport which include international destinations like Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai. The flights continue till 11.30 pm.

But people have been complaining about lack of facilities outside the terminal while waiting for their guests and relatives. There are no toilet facilities for them or a proper place to sit while waiting.
Presently 26 flights take off every day from this airport which include international destinations like Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai. The flights continue till 11.30 pm.

But people have been complaining about lack of facilities outside the terminal while waiting for their guests and relatives. There are no toilet facilities for them or a proper place to sit while waiting.
ravel agents said on an average 500 to 700 people visit the airport. There are only 11 chairs for all these people.  “There are only a few fans and people get baked in hot summer. Many elderly people are often seen squatting on the floors,’’ said M Venkata Rao, a travel agent who often visits airport.

Even the kiosks outside selling coffee and snacks fleece people with abnormal rates. Coffee or tea is being sold for Rs 30,     lemon tea Rs 40, cold coffee Rs 50. Water bottles and snacks are not available.

One has to pay Rs 75 to enter the terminal building and to get a bottle of water and snacks. Ground crew, cargo workers and taxi drivers, too, face problem as they are not allowed inside.

 “We have stand under a tree for shade or hang around the car parking to kill the time as they are no waiting halls for us. Our patience is tested till the last flight that takes off at 11.30,’’ said Satish, a taxi driver.

 Other than basic facilities, there is no bus service to the airport.
05/08/17 Hans India

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