Sunday, January 30, 2022

International terminal being renovated to handle added domestic operations at Ahmedabad airport

Ahmedabad: As a measure to decongest passenger movement at the domestic terminal — Terminal-1 — of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad, domestic operations of one airline are expected to be shifted to international terminal — Terminal-2 — of the city airport from mid-February.

The international terminal is undergoing a renovation for initiating added domestic operations.

The primary purpose of the renovation is integrating operations of one more domestic airline from Terminal 2. “As part of this, a dedicated passage for domestic passengers is being created for smooth transition through the international terminal. Besides, separate areas are being demarcated for handling passengers. A new staircase as well as an escalator have been installed at the international terminal,” a source privy to the development confirmed.

The city airport authorities are also in the process of expanding the security check area. “We will increase the number of security checkpoints so that more passengers can be handled with a lesser turnaround time. Additional door frame metal detectors in addition to x-ray baggage scanning machines will be deployed for a quick transition,” said the source.

A lounge has already been operationalized at the international terminal for added passenger convenience and comfort. Besides, additional food and beverage options are also being made available for passenger comfort.

The proposal to shift operations of two domestic airlines to the international terminal is going on since October last year. “To start with, SpiceJet Airlines will operate from Terminal 2 in addition to the existing operations of Air India and its subsidiary airline – Alliance Air, and the International carriers,” said an airport spokesperson.

30/01/22 Niyati Parikh/Times of India

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