Pune: Fliers from Pune airport expressed happiness as the airport has turned into a ‘silent airport’ from Wednesday. One of the busiest airports in the State, the Pune airport will work sans announcements, which makes it the sixth airport in the country to become a ‘silent airport’.
Ajay Kumar, Airport Director, Pune, said, “From today (Wednesday), Pune airport has become a ‘silent airport’, which is the sixth silent airport in the country. We have not found any chaos type situations where the passengers are confused about the departure gate or luggage arrival. The feedback which we got from passengers as well as airline staff, shows that fliers are happy with the decision.”
On December 8, 2017, the Pune airport authority had announced that the airport will go silent from January 10, 2018. The decision was taken to reduce the noise pollution it causes at the airport during simultaneous landing and taking off of flights of different airlines.
Ramesh Kumar, an IT professional in Hinjawadi, who was going to attend a meeting in Bengaluru, said that he was unaware that the airport will work sans announcements. “When I reached the airport, I didn’t hear any announcement, but the airline staff were very cooperative today,” he said.
“During the check-in, our staff was escorting them to their boarding area. The flight numbers and details were already displayed on all 22 display boards. This is a new thing for all passengers, but we are trying to make it very easy for them. The departure time and arrival time is already sent on passengers’ mobile number, which also makes our work easy,” said Suhas Jadhav, Station Manager, Air India, Pune.
Juhi Chandra, a passenger who was at the airport to take her flight to Delhi, said, “Earlier, there used to be confusion as to which gate one has to enter to board the flight, but thanks to the airline staff, they helped us a lot. Also, the Pune airport could have been a silent airport earlier, as it is small airport compared to other international airports.”
According to officials of Airport Authority of India (AAI), airports in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai have gone silent.