Pune: 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.
The separate security checks for domestic and international passengers is applicable to all major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
According to an official, they have already set up a single gate for all flyers for security checking. Now, there will be two security checks for domestic and international passengers.
Currently, the airport has 160 arrivals and departures every day.
"The Pune airport has been expanding in terms of passenger traffic. The AAI has taken up several projects to ensure proper functioning at the facility. The situation in terms of passenger facilities will be much better once the ongoing projects are over," said an airport official.
"The footfall of domestic and international passengers is rising day by day. Currently, we have only four international flights from Pune to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt. We have seen an increase in footfall of international passengers, which was 24,142 in October, up by 22.2 per cent from the previous year. Similarly, the domestic passengers have also increased with 6,68,284 in October, which is also up by 28.5 per cent from the previous year," said the officer.
"It has been observed that withing a gap of half an hour, there are two flights, one for domestic and one for international. So, it has been decided that if separate security checks are set up, there will be no chaos inside the terminal building. We are planning to start the separate security check in the mid-January 2018," said an airport official.