Pune: Taking action on repeated complaints from fliers regarding washrooms not being able to cater to the growing passenger footfall, the Pune airport administration has opened 11 toilet blocks – five for men, three for women and three for differently-abled – at the new security hold 2, departure and old arrival areas.
The previous capacity was proving insufficient for fliers and, as a result, was often in a filthy condition.
“We have developed five toilets for men, three for women and three for differently-abled passengers. Further renovation of a gents’ toilet, two ladies’ toilets and one differently-abled toilet is likely to be completed by April 30,” said Ajay Kumar, Pune Airport Director.
With Pune airport on expansion mode, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is improving facilities at the airport. Pune airport has been ranked third in the 5-15 million passengers per annum (mppa) category by Airport Council International (ACI). Pune airport crossed the mark of 8 million in handling passenger traffic on March 22.
According to an airport official, who wished to remain anonymous, “The authority is focused on cleanliness to maintain unhygienic toilets. The first work was completed on January 14 this year when the toilet blocks in the departure area were redeveloped and put into operation. Special aerators are used to conserve water.”
In August 2016, Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation (MSOCA), had pointed out the problem of stinking washrooms while on a visit to Pune.
More Food and Beverage outlets
Pune Airport Director Ajay Kumar said, “We will be opening three new Food and Beverages (F&B) outlets in the check-in area, one in security hold area 1 and another in security hold area 2 on the ground floor.”