Saturday, July 10, 2021

Security hold area being expanded at Ahmedabad airport

Ahmedabad: Flying through the city airport? You may see a more spacious area the next week on. Authorities at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad have undertaken the expansion of the security hold area of the city airport, confirmed well-placed sources. The airline cabins located near the check-in area are being shifted.

“To expand the security hold area, airport authorities are doing away with the cabins allocated to various airlines right behind the check-in counters. This will open up a lot of space around the security hold area and will help reduce the crowding at the city airport,” said a well-placed source.

In times of the pandemic when the protocol requires maintaining social distancing, more passengers can be accommodated in the airport premises and there will be lesser hassle.

SVPI airport records movement of an estimated 10,000 passengers in a single day. “The expansion has been undertaken factoring in the surge in passenger movement in the days to come. If we do not brace for the third wave of Covid-19 as projected, there may be crowding. The changes have been brought about keeping this in mind,” said the source.

The security hold area is spread over 1,500 square metre and with the removal of the airline cabins, it will further be expanded by about 10%, which will open up a substantial space.

10/07/21 Niyati Parikh/Times of India

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