Thursday, February 08, 2018

Surat airport bursting at its seams

Surat:  It was last year when the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had approved the scope of work for expansion of existing terminal building at Surat airport. Even after an year, the AAI is yet to take up the work for expanding the terminal building, which is bursting following the increased passenger traffic.
From just 30,000 passengers per month in April-2017, the passenger traffic at Surat airport has seen a sharp increase at 63,000 passengers per month. The average monthly flight movements have increased from 647 in April-2017 to almost 1,000 per month in January-2018.
At present, the terminal building is having peak hour passenger handling capacity of merely 250 passenger — 125 arrivals and 125 departures — against the required capacity of 2,500 passengers per day.
As per the rough estimate, the present capacity to handle passengers at the terminal building is 2 lakh per annum. At present, there are around 8 lakh passengers travelling to and from the Surat airport per annum in 21 flights operated by Spice Jet and Air India, private operator Ventura Airconnect and Non-Schedule Operator Permit (NSOP).
Also, there are only six check-in counters and three airlines using it and few more airlines interested to start! However, at least 20-25 check-in counters are needed to cater to the increasing passenger rush on the airport.
08/02/18 Times of India