With the increasing number of flights at the Ahmedabad airport, the number of passengers too has gone up. In last three years, passenger traffic has doubled, with over 90 new flights added to the list of flights arriving at and departing from Ahmedabad airport. As a result, the security hold areas tend to get overcrowded, resulting in rush there.
Realising the need to address the congestion at the airport, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) decided to set up a new 80,000 square meter terminal building. However, to address the issue till the building is ready, the authorities had sought permission to segregate the security hold area for the first floor and ground floor.
Currently, there are four boarding gates on ground floor used for remote bay operated aircraft. There are four boarding gates on the first floor, connected to aircraft directly through the aerobridge. AAI plans to set up an
Sources associated with the development believe it may ease the overcrowding of security hold area on the ground floor. There will be an escalator taking passengers directly to the first floor after checking in on the ground floor. The new stairs and escalator would be set up close to the area where the national flag is installed currently.
Arpan Pandya, artist, photographer and film producer and also a frequent flyer at the airport, said, “I am not sure if it will reduce the chaotic situation, but there would be fewer hassles in going directly to the first floor. Hope there will not be long queues for security check on the first floor.”