Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ahmedabad: Terminal change likely for 2 airlines

Ahmedabad: If all goes as planned, the operations of two domestic airlines at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad may soon be shifted to the international terminal — Terminal 2 — instead of Terminal 1 which is the domestic terminal. Top level discussions are going on to implement this and ease passenger rush at the city airport.

A source privy to the development confirmed that operations of flights operated by GoAir and SpiceJet may be shifted to the international terminal, effective January 2022. Domestic flights operated by Air India already operate from Terminal 2 at present.

The city airport is undertaking a major runway re-carpeting from January 3, 2022 to May 31, 2022, for which the authorities have recently received approval from the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

“Discussions are underway to shift operations of two airlines to the international terminal from the domestic terminal from January. The feasibility is still being evaluated and once a proper operating procedure is in place, we will finalise whether and how to go about it,” said a source at the airport.

An estimated 20,000 passengers transit through the SVPI airport on a daily basis according to estimates by the city airport authorities. This is expected to grow in the days to come in the wake of the festive season.

20/10/21 Times of India

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