Sunday, January 01, 2017

Kolkata airport: Up in the air, bitter to better

Nearly 13 million passengers used the integrated terminal at Kolkata airport in 2016, up from 10 million a couple of years ago. Designed to handle 20 million passengers a year, there is room to accommodate more fliers without the terminal getting cramped for space.
Yet, it is the apparent emptiness of the stark steel and glass building that appears disconcerting to passengers, particularly during the afternoon lean hours. "The Kolkata airport is alright for transit but not an engaging place like the Mumbai or Delhi airport. If one arrives for a flight early, heshe tends to get bored because there aren't enough things to do," remarked Amit Ghosh, an executive who travels between Delhi and Kolkata at least once a fortnight.
Graphic artist Sucharita Sengupta, who is also a frequent flier, says the Kolkata airport feels rather drab. "The minimalist design is fine. I like the ceiling graphic. But a dash of colour can spice up the place and make a big difference," she felt.
31/12/16 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India
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