AAI asks airline to shift to old terminal, offer refused

AHMEDABAD: Airport Authority of India, in an attempt to ease the chaos at the Ahmedabad airport due to increased passenger traffic, asked an airline which operates maximum flights to the city to operate from the old terminal.

However, the airline has refused to move until the facilities at the old terminal are made at par with the new terminals, reports Ahmedabad Mirror.

According to sources, the old terminal at Sardar Patel International Airport lacks facilities like proper air conditioning, seating arrangements and clean toilets and so the airline was reluctant to subject its passengers to such inconveniences.

A highly-placed airport official told Mirror that AAI had expected that moving the airline, which operates around 30 flights a day, from the domestic terminal would help in easing the congestion.

“So, AAI asked the airline to move to the old terminal which is currently used by the Haj pilgrims,” he said on condition of anonymity. AAI’s request to the airline came after several frequent fliers complained of overcrowding at the departure gate of the domestic terminals.

Sanket Nainani, 22, research and development head at an IT agency, travels at least once a week for work.

He said, “The airport gets so crowded that there are not enough seats in the waiting lounge for passengers to sit after security check . Also, while waiting for the baggage in the arrival area, it gets too crowded and people jostle to grab their luggage.”

A senior official from the airline confirmed that they were approached by AAI to shift operations to the old terminal building. He said, “It is an old building with very basic facilities. It will require a great amount of work to make it functional full time. It will also require an aerobridge and several other facilities to make the passengers comfortable. We can’t move into the below par terminal and inconvenience our passengers.”


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