Saturday, April 25, 2020

Indian airports gear up to face new realities in a post-lockdown world

New Delhi/Mumbai: Indian airports are preparing to resume business in a scenario where they know business will be unusual. While counting their losses and strategising on how to protect revenue, India’s major private airports and state-owned Airport Authority of India (AAI) are ramping up sanitisation. They are also implementing procedures to comply with social distancing measures which will become a norm when air travel resumes in a controlled manner after lockdown.

Airports expect passenger footfall to drastically reduce fr the entire year. This will harm the revenue of airports and the vast retail ecosystem that serves their customers at airports.
But fewer footfalls will make it easier to prevent crowding in the immediate days after travel begins. The Airport Council International (ACI) a group of world’s largest airport estimates that due to the pandemic, footfall to reduce by 40 percent in 2020 at Asian airports.

“Several airports have already started marking various contact points for making zones for social distancing,” AAI Chairman Arvind Singh said.
25/04/20 Arindam Majumder & Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard
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