Friday, November 12, 2021

Nashik airport prepares infra to handle international flights

Nashik: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), the defence PSU that manages the Nashik airport, has readied infrastructure — at a cost of more than Rs 2 crore — to handle international flight operations at the airport.

Sources in HAL said the work on the infrastructure required for immigration checkpoints started in November 2020, after a nod from the Union Home Ministry. The Bureau of Immigration, Mumbai, has guided HAL in setting up the facilities like separate sections for international arrivals and departures, customs office, immigration counters etc at the sensitive airport. HAL has segregated the domestic and international wings at the airport with separate entry/exit points at both wings.

HAL sources added that the Bureau of Immigration will conduct a final inspection following which, the Union Home Ministry will formally announce making the immigration checkposts operational at the Nashik airport. This will pave way for the commencement of international flights directly from the airport.

Airport officials said starting international flights from Nashik will ease the pressure on the Mumbai airport and would also benefit international passengers from north Maharashtra.

There already is a seating capacity of 200 international passengers, and there is scope for further expansion at the terminal for international flights. The seating capacity will be increased as per the requirement.

12/11/21 Tushar Pawar/Times of India

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