VISAKHAPATNAM: Despite the efforts of the authorities to put the amenities for passengers in place at Visakhapatnam International airport, it appears to fall short of the requirement. Highlighting the need to create more amenities at the city airport, the Andhra Pradesh Air Travellers Association has sent a letter to the Airport Authority of India director Prakash Reddy.
The discussions on the issues and improvements of the amenities were held with Prakash Reddy, and Dinish Kumar, CISF Commandant, recently which included strengthening of the security.
The increase in the passenger count at the airport in the peak hours is resulting in congestion at the main entrance, security check-point and boarding points, the Air Travellers Association highlighted.
It appealed to the AAI authorities that there was a urgent need to increase the number of entry and security check-points on the airport premises, say the association members.
Moreover, there is also a need to increase the number of X-ray machines, scanning units at the security check-point for speedy clearance of the papers of passengers before they board the flights.
With more and more number of flights from the city to other destinations being added, the passenger movement has seen a significant increase when compared to the previous years. But, the lack of amenities still remain a concern at the international airport.
“From entry to boarding including luggage scanning/check-in counter, security check, it takes a lot of time and the passengers face a lot of inconvenience, if they are running short of time and catch a flight in a hurry. Many a time, We requested the authorities concerned to speed up the checking so that we can board the flight on time,” said Aruna, a frequent travellers from Vizag airport. A time study would help reduce the waiting hours at the counters, she said.
Meanwhile, the Air Travels Association brought the issue of the additional bays proposed at the airport.
The association members said if the six proposed bays are completed at the earliest, it would facilitate parking of more flights.
The bays are expected to be ready by June 30. They said the bays would be useful for the upcoming proposed flights from the city as well.
Inadequate security check-points and boarding points put passengers into inconvenience
Increase in passenger count results in congestion at the main entrance during peak hours
More X-ray machines, scanning units needed at security check-point for speedy clearance of papers
On the cards
The six bays proposed in Visakhapatnam airport for parking of flights is in progress and are expected to be ready by the June-end
Sri Lanka flight is scheduled to commence its operations from July 28