Monday, May 25, 2020

Ranchi airport reopens from Monday

Ranchi: Birsa Munda International Airport is set to start operation of domestic flights from Monday and will function with nine pairs of flights to four different destinations.
Talking to TOI, airport director Vinod Sharma said, “We have nine scheduled flights for Monday of four different airlines. The first flight to enter the airport will be of Air Asia which will arrive at 7.35am from Bengaluru and the last will be an Indigo flight which will take off from here at 8.20pm for New Delhi. There are chances of changes or cancellation of services which will be communicated in advance.”
As of Sunday, four airlines, including Indigo, GoAir, Air Asia and Air India will resume services from Ranchi airport on Monday. “A total of nine flights connecting New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad are scheduled to operate to and from Birsa Munda International Airport and we have made elaborate arrangements for a contactless passenger flow at the airport,” Kumar added.

According to officials, the airport management is making use of technology as well as mechanised machines to implement a smooth passenger flow in a sanitized environment in order to ensure that every individual entering or exiting the airport is safe amid the on-going pandemic. Under the new system, physical verification of ticket checking by security personnel and issuance of boarding passes by airline staff has been called off and passengers have to go for mandatory web check-ins.

Sharma said, “Upon arrival at the departure gate, passengers will produce their ticket and identification cards to a web cam installed at the gates which will be verified by a security personnel manning the system. After crossing the departure gates, passengers will have to scan the bar codes on their tickets at the bar code readers installed at check-in counters which will issue boarding as well as luggage tags which has to be collected and pasted on the luggage before sending them for sanitization.”
25/05/20 Gaurav Pandey/Times of India
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