Monday, September 04, 2017

Major airport projects to take off within 9 months

Pune: The Lohegaon airport authorities have set a 9-month target for a complete overhaul of the terminal building.
The facility has already witnessed a number of changes and the authorities are optimistic to complete a number of major ongoing projects, such as the construction of aerobridges, complete overhaul of washrooms and refurbishing the smoking and babycare rooms, by June next year. In addition, there will be a number of new features at the facility for the flyers' convenience.
"There has been an overall improvement in various facilities at the airport. However, there are certain issues that still persist. Passenger volume has increased and some of the most common complaints are related to washrooms," an official said.
"Passengers have to walk in all weather conditions to board flights. There's the issue of long wait in different queues during peak hours. Another issue that has cropped up recently is the that the smoking room and the babycare room are located close to each other. Work is on to improve all this and we believe that we will resolve many of these issues by the end of June 2018," he said.
Earlier this year, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had launched Project Disha to uplift facilities at nine airports in the country, including the one in Pune. An AAI team, during its visit to the airport, had identified five key areas that needed to be improved. These include severe congestion throughout the airport, including the check-in zone and Security Hold Area (SHA), the time taken for check-in and security checks and the absence of flight information display screens (FIDS) at the airport. All this led to difficulties in navigation at the airport. Besides, many people complained about limited options of dining and shopping at the airport.
04/09/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India