Sunday, December 01, 2019

Bhopal: 3rd aerobridge at Raja Bhoj airport to start by next month

Bhopal: After a gap of almost five years, Bhopal is set to witness installation of yet another aerobridge at the Raja Bhoj airport. The third aerobridge will be functional by the end of next month.

Notably, two aerobridges were installed at Bhopal airport in 2014. The need of yet another aerobridge was felt after the number of flights and passenger footfall increased manifold this year.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already floated tenders for the fourth aerobridge to be installed at Raja Bhoj airport. The airport had received the AAI nod for installation of the fourth aerobridge in May, earlier this year.

"When passengers' strength increases, it becomes imperative to have more aerobridges. At present, we have two operational aerobridges at the airport. The third aerobridge is under construction which will be functional by next month," said airport director, Anil Vikram.

Airport officials said the third aerobridge was imported at a cost of around Rs 8 crore. The two operational aerobridges were installed by an Indonesian firm in 2014. T he traffic movement at Bhopal airport witnessed a sharp increase after two more airlines began operations from here in January, earlier this year. According to official information, there are about 35-40 daily flights to and from the Bhopal airport being operated by Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet airlines.
30/11/19 Ramendra Singh/Times of India

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