Saturday, September 16, 2017

Air traffic registered 40 pc rise last fiscal LGBI Airport

Guwahati: The Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport here is running out of capacity as far as air traffic flow is concerned!Although equipped for handling an air traffic load of 1.5 million passengers annually, the Guwahati airport is bearing the load of nearly 3.5 million passengers per annum, a development attributed to the quantum jump in air passenger traffic, especially in the last fiscal that witnessed a nearly 40 per cent rise, the highest ever.
To live up to the challenge, the authorities have now increased additional security hold area by 250 square metres and requisitioned additional strength of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel.

Compared to the air traffic flow of 27.961 lakh passengers in 2015-16, the last fiscal year (2016-17) recorded a footfall of over 38.652 lakh passengers, registering an all-time high load increase of nearly 40 per cent.

Official sources informed that there are plans for massive overhaul and expansion of the Guwahati airport as it is attracting record air traffic flow, which is very encouraging from the region’s point of view.

The capacity is not gauged just by how many people you can physically fit in the building, but also by health and safety regulations, which is why it is of paramount importance to meet certain standards.

“While the increase in air passengers has been on the rise, most of them being domestic ones, the year 2016-17 surpassed all previous rates of increase in a fiscal,” sources told The Assam Tribune.
16/09/17 Sanjoy Ray/Assam Tribune