Monday, April 09, 2018

Boarding at model Kempegowda International Airport will be a breeze

Bengalureans may no longer have to reach the airport hours before their flight. If a new model that aims at improving the airport’s system is adopted, you need to just go half-an-hour before the time of the flight and can board it without any luggage or check-in hassles. The model is based on a study by Professor Ashish Verma.
The model will make Bengaluru one of the first cities in the country to have an efficient system that saves and reduces the passenger service time from entering the airport to boarding the flight, by more than half of the existing time, especially during peak hours.
KIA is the third busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic. The time taken to travel to airport on a busy day from the city hub also doubles up the overall travel time. The model helps reduce passenger service time by making infrastructural changes at KIA, including setting up of more than one security check counters, removing the baggage counters from the airport and instead setting them up within the city and increasing the number of organised queues.
Since 2016, airport authorities have been closely involved in Verma’s academic research and have adopted some of his suggestions to reduce the chaos during peak hours.
The idea for the model was presented in late 2015 at an IISc conference where Professor Verma spoke on how the passenger service time at the airport can be improved. The conference was attended by the airport authorities, the GVK group and the GMR group, among others who urged him to convert it into a full-fledged research so that the changes can be implemented at the Kempegowda International Airport.
Verma, Associate Professor of Transportation Engineering at the department of Civil Engineering, IISc, told BM, “Once we collected all the data and inputs from the airport authorities with reference to infrastructure and passenger distribution while entering the airport, we suggested some structural changes that can improve passenger time. We observed the passengers who perform activities like shopping, eating at restaurants at the airport to find out the optimum time a passenger must arrive at for the check-in.”
According to him, it won’t take longer than half an hour if his model is implemented. It includes checking-in the baggage at the city luggage centres, passengers arriving through different road lanes, checking-in online and going through the newly-adopted security check-ins.
He said, “Till 2016, whenever I used to travel, there were long queues at the security check points and check-in counters in the mornings. After the redistribution of passengers in separate queues and more number of check points, one does not have to stand for security checks for longer durations.”
09/04/18 Reya Mehrotra/Bangalore Mirror