Sunday, February 07, 2021

New flights, bigger space: Civil enclave set to expand

Prayagraj: New direct flights, bigger waiting lounge, swanky cafeteria, increased number of aero bridges and a lot more. As part of the airport expansion plan, the civil enclave of Prayagraj in Bamrauli will have a complete makeover in the coming years, both in terms of size and the facilities provided to flyers.

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided to expand the airport twice the area of the present size and a proposal would be submitted to the aviation ministry soon.

The civil enclave — which was made operational in 2019 and functions under Indian Air Force (IAF), Bamrauli — provides direct air connectivity to number of cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Raipur, Kolkata, Pune and Gorakhpur.

The civil enclave is currently built on an area of 6,500sqm. There are four terminals and two aerobridges. In the initial days, the authority had not expected an increase in footfall. Following the expansion, the waiting lounge would be several times bigger, there would be a cafeteria and the number of aprons (the place where the aircraft stands) will also increase. There is also a possibility of more aero bridges being built at the enclave. Besides, internal and external changes will be seen along with parking area.

The airport currently has a capacity of 300 passengers. However, there is a need to expand the airport due to the increase in footfall. The civil enclave presently handles an average of 1,200 passengers per day. Flights for eight cities are available from here, of which seven are operated by Indigo and one by Alliance Airline. Apart from this, flights to Bhubaneswar, Dehradun and Bhopal are also proposed in the coming months.

07/02/21 Times of India

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