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CHENNAI: Chennai Airport director Sharad Kumar has his process lower out after assuming the workplace. With the pandemic impacting the aviation business, passengers on a decline, and income being bleak, Kumar is getting ready to face the problem.
In an interview with Categorical, Kumar mentioned the principle challenges earlier than him have been to extend the income, cut back operational prices and appeal to extra passengers. Whereas it’s clear that the airport’s income has declined, the director didn’t present the main points of its loss. In response to CAPA India, an aviation consultancy agency, India’s airport operators have incurred losses of Rs 7,000 crore within the Monetary Yr 2021.
“We’re planning to draw the stakeholders again by offering extra services,” Kumar mentioned. Because the second wave has declined, there appears to be an uptick within the variety of passengers on the airport, which had earlier reported a 75.3 per cent decline in passenger site visitors. Final Saturday, nevertheless, the airport recorded 14,000 home passengers and noticed 153 flights being operated.
Kumar mentioned he was additionally charting out plans to enhance passenger facilities. “We’re offering contactless entry for the passengers,” he mentioned. It’s learnt that the authorities need to set up biometric entry companies, apart from renovating passenger bogs.
“Ten passenger bogs in Terminal-1 are being renovated at a value of Rs 7.35 crore and 700 new trolleys for passengers have been procured,” mentioned Kumar, including that the airport has arrange an RT-PCR check lab on the arrival space. “We’ve got additionally sought permission from the federal government for finishing up Fast-Polymerase Chain Response (PCR) testing for passengers,” he mentioned.
The director mentioned that the East and West blocks of Multilevel Automotive Parking (MLCP) are anticipated to be commissioned by November 2021. As soon as it’s inaugurated, the airport will turn out to be the primary within the nation to have multi-modal connectivity. “You possibly can both take the street, the suburban trains, or the Chennai Metro. All modes of transport shall be obtainable,” he mentioned. Works are additionally being speeded as much as full the primary part of the Rs 2,476 crore-modernisation undertaking on the airport. The 2-phase undertaking will enhance the passenger capability on the airport from 14 million passengers every year to 30 million passengers every year. “The second part is more likely to be accomplished by 2023, however it’s depending on how the pandemic is introduced underneath management,” he mentioned.
Additional, he additionally needs to make sure that heavy rains don’t impression the functioning of the airport because it did throughout the floods of 2015. “We’re coordinating with State authorities companies to divert stormwater coming into the airport. A brand new stormwater drain of 5.4 km size is being constructed,” he mentioned.
Operators in India incurred Rs 7,000 cr losses
In response to CAPA India, an aviation consultancy agency, India’s airport operators have incurred losses of Rs 7,000 crore within the Monetary Yr 2021.