Pune: Parking of vehicles in the arrival area at Pune Airport in Lohegaon, may become chargeable soon. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is working on a plan to be implemented across all airports in India. This will help the authority to keep the area chaos free.
According to officials of Pune Airport, it has been observed that when the passengers arrive, they wait at the arrival area, while vehicles wait for the passengers. Several private vehicles enter the parking area and wait for more than five minutes. If the plan is executed, no vehicle will enter the arrival area outside the terminal building.
According to airport officials, the number of flights and passengers has been increasing. The AAI conducted many experiments for smooth flow of traffic in front of terminals. However, the situation remained the same during the peak hours.
In September last year, the authority had decided to close the 50-metre road in the airport premises. The vehicles had to drop passengers in front of the departure terminal number one and move towards the exit gate number one. The vehicles, which pick passengers from the arrival terminal, will travel on the road behind the ticketing counter.
These vehicles will move towards exit gate number two after picking up the passengers. “The planning is under progress at the higher level. The authority has to decide on the implementation. Many passengers wait at the arrival area for their vehicles. At Pune Airport, we have a pick-up point. The passengers can board their vehicles and move towards the exit gate. It will help prevent chaos in the arrival area outside the terminal building,” an official said.
Around two years ago, the vehicles were charged by the parking contractor at the airport. The vehicles were charged Rs 80 if they spent more than seven minutes in the premises. When the authority received a complaint, they stopped the malpractice. In 2016, Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation was in Pune and ordered removal of the practice.