Friday, November 01, 2019

Fewer aerobridges mean wet walk to planes at Chennai airport

Chennai: Passengers have to alight and board flights in pouring rain as most of the planes are parked at remote bays because there are not enough aerobridges at Chennai airport's domestic terminal.
As the airport is located in the southern suburb that has received good rain this season, passengers face a hassle. Domestic terminal of the airport has only seven aerobridges as the old domestic terminal has been demolished to build a new integrated terminal. The airport was also using a few of the aerobridges of the old building till it was dismantled.

The airport registers almost 16 departures and 14 arrivals during morning peak hours. The numbers are higher in the evenings. Most of these flights by low-cost carriers are handled in remote bays.

Passengers often get drenched and are forced to continue their journey in wet clothes inside the air conditioned cabins of the planes for one to two and a half hours, the maximum duration of domestic flights in the country.

IndioGo airlines has covered ladders, while SpiceJet offers staff with umbrellas to assist passengers to and from shuttle buses. However, this slows down boarding and disembarking process. It takes at least 15 to 20 minutes.
01/11/19 Times of India
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