Friday, October 22, 2021

Chennai airport gears up to handle more traffic due to an increase in passengers

Chennai: As there is a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases, more passengers are taking flights at the Chennai Airport. The Chennai International Airport is gearing up to handle more domestic and international flights in a few months as flights may resume in a full-fledged manner in November.

According to a report published in The Hindu, airport officials said that more manpower will be deployed in time and the airport is bracing up to handle passenger and cargo aircraft in an efficient manner with a single ground-handling agency. From handling baggage to assisting airlines on the tarmac, a ground-handling agency carries out a host of jobs at the airport.

However, international passengers may have to face inconvenience due to the presence of only one firm handling ground operations.

Quoting the Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials, The Hindu reported that there were two firms for ground handling operations till last year but there is only one operator now. After the previous contractor Bhadra's term ended last year, Air India Airport Services Ltd. took over as the ground-handling agency.

According to an official, at present, there are around 230 domestic flights, 40 international flights and 25 cargo flights and there have been no hassles. But, from the next year, the number of flights may increase and the airport authorities must be able to handle it without any problems.

22/10/21 India Today

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