Pune: Fliers who often get bored waiting for hours to board flights at the Pune airport now have something to cheer about. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has decided to start radio service for them, which includes information about flights, along with light music.
The AAI has decided to start the service at 29 airports across the country. Pune will be one of the airports chosen in Maharashtra. The other airports include Chennai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Mangalore, Goa, Guwahati, Calicut, Ranchi, Raipur, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Srinagar, Banaras, Jammu, Madurai, Dehradun, Udaipur, Jaipur, among others.
Ajay Kumar, Director of Pune Airport, said, “The service will be started across the country. A tender will be floated. We are hoping to start it by the end of this year.”
According to the official, these airports have been chosen on the basis of passenger footfall. The Pune airport reached 8.2 million passenger footfall in March this year and is providing more facilities at the airport.
“The idea behind the service is to entertain passengers waiting for their flights at the airport. We are confident that they will have a great experience listening to the airport radio service,” said Ajay Kumar.
Regular fliers have expressed happiness about the new initiative. They said the service will help them relax if a flight is delayed and they have been forced to wait for hours.
Nesharul Ansari (38) said, “It is a good move. Passengers will feel relaxed at the airport. Once I was travelling to Delhi for some official work. The flight was delayed for over two hours. Most of the passengers got bored. This is a good initiative by the AAI.”