Wednesday, March 06, 2019

India's air travel to triple by 2037; need to urgently improve airport processes, says IATA

New Delhi: The number of air travellers in India could triple by 2037 and the country must urgently improve aviation processes to keep pace with the increased demand. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Wednesday issued a study on Indian aviation where the world’s fastest growing aviation market has got tips on how to handle the growing rush.

India is facing a crippling shortage of airport infrastructure. While air traffic has doubled in last five years, airport capacity has remained almost static. The biggest hubs like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore are completely choked. The runways at most big Indian airports cannot handle heavy aircraft movement. The terminals are bursting at seams with serpentine queues everywhere from entry point to security and immigration.

Accordingly, to cope with the massive growth the international agency has requested India to take steps like — doing away with stamping procedures at touch points and allowing mobile boarding passes; adopting automation in border control process, for both departure and arrival; adopting risk-based approach to aviation security instead of 100% pat down checks and allowing self drop for check-in bags. To be sure, India has already adopted some of the above steps like having complete paperless domestic boarding at some airports.
06/03/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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