The request includes more CISF personnel for security, and more amenities.

Andhra association demands more facilities at Visakhapatnam airport writes to AAIImage:
news News Monday, May 29, 2017 - 09:33

The Andhra Pradesh Air Travellers Association has sent a letter to the Director of the Airport Authority of India (AAI), requesting him to provide more amenities at the Visakhapatnam International Airport.

Besides asking that security be strengthened and number of entry points be increased, the association said that there was a need for more X-ray machines and scanning units at the security check-points.

The New Indian Express reported that the association also brought the issue of six proposed bays at the airport, which would allow more flights to be parked. 

In January this year, air passenger traffic at the airport crossed 15 lakh, during the period from April to November 2016, thereby registering a growth of nearly 37.5%, from the previous year. 

However, despite this, the airport did not even have proper toilet facilities for visitors who came to drop or pick up people until recently. 

As visitors could not enter the terminal building, they had no choice but to walk to a toilet which was far-off from the building. 

According to reports, the airport administration was also looking at issues like errors in the weighing scale of check-in baggage and overcharging of commodities in the retail shops. 

Since then, authorities have assured that most of these issues were fixed.

Stating that the strength of CISF personnel would be increased from 160 to 270, the association also reportedly requested that a separate queue be put into place, for children, women and senior citizens.

Earlier this month, the central government granted international status to the Vijayawada airport in the state.

The decision to upgrade the status of Vijayawada airport, as per the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 was taken by the Union Cabinet on May 3, whose meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The proposal will add to improved connectivity to the state capital," the Union Cabinet said in a statement.

"It will provide wider choice of services at competitive costs to the air travellers and give a boost to domestic/international tourism and socio-economic development of Andhra Pradesh by bringing in international passengers and cargo traffic," the statement added.



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