Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Infrastructure push at Kolkata airport ahead of international flight resumption

Kolkata: As scheduled international flights prepare to resume from March 24 after a two-year gap and domestic traffic grows steadily towards pre-pandemic numbers, Kolkata airport has put in place key infrastructure to make the airport more efficient in handling the additional passenger load.

In the international wing, the two security check portals have been equipped with an automatic tray retrieval system (ATRS) that will improve the throughput of passengers queuing up to undergo frisking and get cabin bags scanned.

In domestic wing, one of the five portals that did not have inline baggage scan (ILBS) facility has now been integrated with the rest and is expected to be commissioned in April. This will improve the throughput of registered bags deposited for carriage in cargo hold of flights.

The airport has also added 5,000 new and versatile luggage trolleys to its current inventory of 3,500 trolleys in anticipation of passenger rush once flight count returns to 2019 level.

“The airport is geared to handle growth in flights and fliers as India along with the rest of the world returns to normal. We have checked the passenger facilitation systems and tried to plug the lacunae so that once passenger rush increases, we are ready to handle it,” airport director C Pattabhi said.

Introduction of two ATRS units in the international wing and another one in the domestic-to-domestic transfer will speed up security checks. The system is capable of recycling 550 trays per hour instead of 400 trays manually. The investment in the three ATRS units is Rs 6 crore.

09/03/22 Subhro Niyogi & Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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