Saturday, September 26, 2020

Airport transit facility thrown open to public

Kolkata: The much awaited transfer facility for domestic-to-domestic transit passengers at the Kolkata airport, which allows transit passengers on arrival at the airport to move directly into the departure security hold area after being frisked at a dedicated security check portal, was commissioned on Friday evening. Around 300 passengers used the facility on the first day. Over the weekend, the numbers are set to increase, airport officials said.

According to officials, the new facility will enhance maintenance of social distancing protocol, safety at the Kolkata airport terminal and reduce hassle for transit flyers. “The facility will save 50-60 minutes of transit time as passengers now require to exit the terminal at the arrival level, take elevators to the departure level, re-enter the terminal after necessary checks at the gate and then undergo security check,” an airport official explained.

Developed at a cost of Rs 6.5 crore, the 24,000-sq ft transfer facility with a dedicated security check portal that has a capacity of clearing 300 passengers per hour. The infrastructure enhancement for the facility includes two baggage X-ray machines (one of them with an automatic tray retrieval system), three frisking booths (one for women and two for men), three dedicated elevators to move to the security hold area, a separate set of toilets and enhanced security hold area with two new bus coach boarding gates to travel to planes parked in remote bays. This will take the remote bay gate count from six to eight.

The facility will, however, help only passengers booked on the same airline for flights arriving as well as departing Kolkata. Those booked in different airlines will have to collect their luggage at the arrival hall, exit the terminal and proceed to departure level to complete the formalities.

26/09/20 amaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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