New facilities are being added at Jammu Airport with an aim to cater to the growing traffic, ANI reported on Thursday. The report said that the area of the airport itself will be expanded as a measure to cater to the growing requirement of the region for aviation. The setting up of new facilities by the airport authorities is already getting positive feedback from passengers.
“One of the greatest facilities that are being provided is that we can now purchase coupons for Vaishno Devi darshan. It has saved us from stranding in long queues and saved a lot of time for us,” a passenger was quoted as saying by ANI.
Besides these, the authorities are now mulling to expand the total area of the airport from 6745 square meters to 14500 square meters. “In 2001, Jammu Airport was constructed. However, its operation of flights was less. Since the area was less, the airport’s capacity was 180 arrivals and 180 departures,” Director of Jammu Airport, DK Gautam was quoted as saying ANI.
“Now that the passenger traffic has increased drastically, we have increased capacity whereby the capacity has increased to 360 arrivals and 360 departure. We have also improved our security arrangements, we now have the capacity to provide security to five flights simultaneously,” he added.
The official further said that airport authorities have already processed a request for additional 137 acres of land, the plea to the state government in order to cater the growing traffic.
“Earlier, there were only 11 check-in counters, now it has been increased to 22 thereby doubling our handling capacity. We have also stretched our conveyor belt. There were no escalators earlier, now we have installed three new escalators, and three lifts in the airport,” he added.
The new airport has made an addition to its existing facilities in the form of child care room and a medical room. On the other hand, baggage handling system, water, toilets, shopping areas restaurants have been upgraded.