Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Roof leak shuts down Calcutta airport aerobridge

Calcutta: A leaking roof at the airport has forced the authorities to close down an aerobridge in the domestic terminal since Saturday.

A thunderstorm, followed by heavy showers, saw water dripping from the ceiling of the terminal. The “downpour” was particularly heavy on aerobridge No. 24, officials said.

Senior officials inspected the aerobridge around 10.30pm on Saturday. Rainwater was leaking from the roof of the terminal as well as the aerobridge.

“Water was leaking all over and the carpet was soaked. We had to place baggage tubs along the aerobridge. Passengers were skirting past the tubs on their way to board the aircraft,” an airport official said.

“We waited for the passengers to board the flight before closing down the aerobridge. If we had stalled boarding and asked the passengers to take another gate, the flight would have been delayed,” the official said.

Airport director Kaushik Bhattacharya said aerobridge No. 24 needed major repairs. “We are drawing up a plan,” he said.

With the aerobridge shut, passengers now have to climb down to the ground floor and take a coach to board flights.
09/04/19 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph

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