Thursday, August 31, 2017

AAI plans facelift for Pune Airport

The face of Pune airport at Lohegaon has transitioned over years with an increase in the number of flights and consequent footfalls. Currently, around 11,000 passengers travel from this airport daily. However, the infrastructure and services are not enough to accommodate the rising number, an issue which has finally caught Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) attention.
The authority concerned is now planning various structural changes at the airport. On Wednesday, Pune Mirror along with the AAI Pune officials, took a survey of these upcoming changes for the passengers.

Currently, the airport has 160 arrivals and departures in all every day. Contrary to the high volume of the commute, the infrastructure for check-ins, waiting lounges and other facilities are lacking, which the AAI is looking forward to incorporate. “We have two spaces on the ground floor which was security hold area. Here, the passengers, after completing the check-in process, would wait for final boarding of the flight. We will be adding two more areas in the first two phases. The first spot will come up on the ground floor near the check-in counter and another security hold area will be made on the first floor. Both these spots will be able to seat 200 passengers and will be constructed over a couple of months,” said AAI Pune director Ajay Kumar.

To facilitate faster check-ins, seven new luggage checking X-Ray machines have been brought to the airport, which will be added to the existing fleet of eight machines. Additionally, the waiting lounge near the second departure gate inside the terminus, which currently accommodates 100 passengers, will be expanded. “The work of this new lounge has been started and within 15 days it will be completed.” added Kumar.
31/08/17 Dheeraj Bengurt/Pune Mirror