PUNE: As the number of fliers using the Pune airport is increasing, the number of vehicles entering the premises to drop and pick up passengers is also increasing. A separate lane for four-wheelers has already been made at the airport. Now, the authorities have banned entry of two-wheelers inside the airport premises, which will come into effect from February 15.
“In view of security/traffic issues, entry of two-wheelers will not be allowed inside airport premises from February 15. Two-wheeler riders are required to use designated parking areas,” said Airport Director Ajay Kumar.
According to airport officials, the number of flights and passengers have been increasing at the airport. The AAI conducted many experiments for smooth flow of traffic inside the premises. In September, the Pune airport authority decided to close the 50-m road in front of the departure area. However, it has been observed that many two-wheelers come inside the airport to drop and pick up passengers. There have been complaints that these two-wheelers are parked anywhere on the airport premises.
“Security is important as the airport is one of the sensitive airports in India. There is a parking space for two-wheelers, where they can park their vehicles,” said Ajay Kumar.
The airport authority has also received complaints that many two-wheeler riders park inside the premises.
The Pune airport sees a daily footfall of around 15,000 passengers, with 5,000 four-wheelers coming for pick-ups and drops. At present, there is a parking lot in front of the airport, which has a capacity to accommodate around 150 cars. To avoid paying parking fees, passengers halt inside the airport premises.
However, it has been observed that many two-wheelers come inside the airport to drop and pick up passengers. There have been complaints that these two-wheelers are parked anywhere on the airport premises.