Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Authorities mull measures to curb crowding at airport

Pune: Airport authorities are considering a reduction in the number of flight movements every hour to reduce crowding at the terminal.Since September 2020, civilian flights at the airport operate between 8am-8pm due to runway re-carpeting work. The airport handles 114-120 flight movements between this 12-hour window.

Pune airport director Santosh Dhoke told TOI that the number of flights being operated per hour is beyond the current capacity. “We can tconsider limiting the number of flights but that will mean flyers will face even more issues. Crowding is mainly due to bunching of flights,” said Dhoke.

Hashim Shaikh, who was flying to Delhi on Saturday, too complained of overcrowding. “From jostling and shoving to cussing, passengers were doing it all at the security check counters,” he told TOI.

Dhoke said flyers were letting tempers fly without being responsible themselves. “According to the instructions given by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, all airports have to be on the highest form of alert,” said Dhoke.

According to the airport director, many flyers reach at the last moment. “They reach late and then panic and hurry ,” said Dhoke.

05/10/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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