Pune: The passengers arriving at Pune airport will soon have a new pick up point near the parking area. The decision was taken to ensure smooth traffic flow. The new point is expected to be ready from December 2017.
During the peak hours, about 3-4 flights arrive at the same time and passengers wait near the arrival gate for their vehicles. It leads to a chaos near the arrival area.
“Due to traffic congestion, the Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) has taken decision to develop a new pick up point. The vehicles coming for pick up will be charged Rs 30 for half an hour and Rs 50 for an hour. The new pick up point will be made at parking number 2, which is located about 30 metres away from the airport boundary. There will be a walk way for the passengers to go there,” said Anil Shirole, MP and Chairman, Airport Advisory Committee.
Giving details of the new pick up point, Ajay Kumar, Director of Pune Airport, told Sakal Times, “As the number of flights have increased over the last few years, the number of passengers travelling from Pune has also gone up. We conducted various experiments and changes to monitor the incoming and outgoing vehicle flow smoothly, but now, there is congestion during peak hours.”
“The development of the new pick up point was discussed during the AAC meeting in May this year. We have decided to create the walk way for passengers to go to the pick up point. This will prevent traffic jams,” Kumar added.
Pune airport sees a daily footfall of around 15,000 passengers, with approximately 5,000 four-wheelers coming for pick-ups and drops. At present, there is a parking lot in front of the airport which has capacity to accommodate 150 four-wheelers. To avoid parking fees, passengers halt inside the airport premises as do app-based cabs and it creates obstacles.