Pune: The Pune airport based at Lohegaon, is all set to start a single security check with ultra modern X-ray machines and frisking booths. At present, there are two security hold areas (SHA) i.e. one on the ground floor for Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo and Vistara, another one is on the first floor for Spice jet, Go Air and Air Asia. The SHA II will be set up on the ground floor and it will function from Saturday.
Currently, the airport has 200 arrivals and departures every day and after winter schedule starts, there will 30 additional flights. Contrary to the high volume of commuters, the infrastructure for check-ins, waiting lounges and other facilities are lacking, which the Pune airport authority is looking forward to changing.
“Pune airport has been expanding in terms of passenger traffic. We have decided to take up several projects to ensure proper functioning at the facility. The situation in terms of passenger facilities will be much better after the SHA II function SHA II space is being increased by 650 square metre. This will further increase the SHA’s capacity,,” said Ajay Kumar, Director Pune airport.
“We have two security frisking booths at Pune airport. In SHA I, we have 3 x-ray machines, two ladies booths and four gents frisking booth for passengers of international and domestic passengers for Air India, Jet Airways, Vistara and Indigo. In SHA II, we have two x-ray machines, single booth for ladies, two for male passengers of Go Air, Air Asia and Spice Jet. Now, we are bringing SHA II towards departure area and placing six x-ray machines with two ladies and seven frisking booths for men. In the coming days, we will close the SHA I,” said Kumar.
In July, the airport authority had created an interconnection corridor to connect the security hold area one and two on the ground floor to enhance passengers’ facilitation. Now, from both security hold areas, all eight boarding gates can be approached.