Thursday, November 02, 2017

Immigration counters for premium flyers back

New Delhi: There's good news for the first and business class international flyers from Delhi. The government has restored dedicated immigration counters for premium departing flyers at IGI Airport's T3 almost a week after the facility was withdrawn due to massive passenger rush.
"We are working hard to ensure that our flyers (including economy passengers) are able to get through immigration quickly," said aviation minister Jayant Sinha, who was coordinating with the home ministry on the issue. DIAL confirmed the dedicated immigration counter was back at departure level. Arrival level was spared the clubbing of immigration counters of premium and economy flyers.
Business leaders had reacted strongly to the closure of the counter at T3. A tourism boom would be undermined by visitors '1st & last memories' Immigration processes need to be dramatically shortened", Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra tweeted in response to pictures of serpentine queues at the airports immigration hall. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD of Biocon, India's largest bio-tech company, also tweeted on the issue.
The home ministry will increase manpower at the airport as the place has seen a massive increase in number of flyers if DIAL is able to augment the infrastructure. In fact, Delhi and Mumbai are now seen as the biggest bottleneck airports in the country despite the two handling a lion's share of the country's air traffic.
02/11/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India