Monday, March 14, 2022

Airlines In India Not Using Aerobridges For Boarding To Save Money

New Delhi: Private airlines are choosing not to use aerobridges for boarding and deboarding an aircraft in order to save money and therefore, aged people are bearing the brunt as they have to use stairs, a Parliamentary committee stated on Monday.

"The Committee deplores this apathetic and unreasonable attitude of the private airlines," its report said, adding that such carriers should be penalised by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Aerobridge is a moveable tunnel that is extended from airport building to the aircraft for boarding or deboarding passengers. Airlines have to pay a certain charge to the airport for using aerobridge facilities.

A report of Parliamentary Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture was tabled in Rajya Sabha on Monday, wherein it said that despite having aerobridges in some of the airports, the airlines are not using them for boarding and deboarding the passengers and are instead using staircases. "Despite charging passengers, aerobridge facilities are not being used by private airlines to reduce operational cost," it mentioned.

14/03/22 PTI/NDTV

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