PUNE: The Pune airport, based at Lohegaon, has created an interconnection corridor to connect the security hold area one and two on the ground floor. This will enhance passengers facilitation. Now, from both security hold areas, all eight boarding gates can be approached. The new system was inaugurated by Pune airport director on Wednesday.
Currently, the airport sees around 200 arrivals and departures everyday. The high commuter volume, the infrastructure for check-ins, waiting lounges and other facilities have been improved in the past few months and the authorities are looking forward to more changes for fliers.
“There has been an overall improvement in various facilities at the airport. Passenger volume has increased and there is the issue of a long wait in different queues during peak hours. We had two spaces on the ground floor, which were security hold areas. Here, the passengers, after completing the check-in process, used to wait for final boarding of the flight. Hence, we decided to set up a single security check facility for fliers,” said Ajay Kumar, Pune Airport Director.
“On Thursday, the interconnection corridor was created to connect Security Hold area 1 and 2 on the Ground floor. The conveyor system has been reshaped to make this connection. This will enhance passenger facilitation and now all 8 boarding gates can be approached from both security hold areas,” he said.
Officials said that the number of daily movements has now touched 200 per day from 158 last year. At this rate, the airport is expected to cross the 10 million per annum passenger mark in the ongoing year. In 2017-18 fiscal, the airport had recorded a passenger growth of 20.6 per cent. The airport has recorded a growth of about 29 per cent in June.
With the submission of Airports Economic Regularity Authority (AERA) report to Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which predicted that by year 2020-21, the Pune airport will have 1 crore passengers traffic movement, the authority is all set to start separate security checks - which is done by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) - for domestic and international passengers by mid-January 2018.