Increasing passenger load is causing inconvenience for travelers.
Jaipur: Taking into account the increasing passenger load, the Jaipur Airport administration has begun preparations to resume the old terminal. After four years the terminal 1 of the airport will be made available for flight landings and takeoffs.
Four years ago international flights were operated from terminal 1, however in July 2013 the airport authorities decided to shift the international flights to the newly built terminal 2. At that time, there were just 24 flights operated from Jaipur hence the authorities had decided to reserve terminal 1 for cargo and move international flights to terminal 2.
The capacity of the terminal 2 is about 6 thousand passengers, however, in the present scenario, it caters to 11 thousand passengers every day. The number of flights has significantly increased in recent years. Jaipur Airport witnesses 53 domestic and 8 international flights every day. This has led to passenger inconvenience in terms of the number of people being accommodated by the terminal 2. The waiting lounges are also packed and there have been instances of people missing their flights as well. Problems such as long queues and missing luggage have become common.
The airport winter schedule has been implemented from October 29. Three new flights have been started hence the number of passengers will further increase and there could be more inconvenience in store for the passengers of terminal 2. In order to ease passenger load, the airport administration met with the airline officials and sought their opinion. The airlines were asked if they were willing to operate the flights from the terminal 1. The administration also sought guidance from DGCA.
At present, only Haj flights are operated from Terminal 1. Apart from this, cargo booking is done from here. To shift the flights to terminal 1, a part of the cargo operations will have to be shifted from here. Currently, there are eight international flights being operated from Jaipur. These included SpiceJet and Air India’s Dubai flight, Oman Air’s Muscat flight, Etihad Airways’ flight to Abu Dhabi, Air Arabia’s flight to Sharjah, Air Asia and Thai Smile’s flights to Bangkok and Scoot Airlines’ flight to Singapore.
There is no flight parking space near terminal 1. Passengers will need to be taken by bus from one terminal to the other.