JAMMU, Oct 12: It was a historic day for air travelers of Jammu airport where the three Aerobridges and a new Taxi link between runway and apron were commissioned today.
With commissioning of Aerobridges, the passengers will be able to board the aircraft and exit directly into the terminal building with enhanced comfort level and convenience in all weather conditions. These aerobridges have been provided at a cost of Rs 625 lakh by Airports Authority of India.
The first floor of the security hold area which was constructed under the scope of terminal building upgradation project will eventually reduce the congestion in the security hold area of ground floor as the boarding gates have increased from existing 2 to 5, thus enabling of boarding/de-boarding of 5 flights at a time with sufficient space for waiting passengers also.
To the delight of passengers several retail and F&B outlets have been or are being opened by AAI at first floor of security hold area. Separate escalators and elevators have been provided for departing and arriving passengers which are user friendly for passengers with reduced mobility/visually impaired.
The additional Taxi link constructed at a cost of Rs 500 lakh has connected the remote parking bays with runway and will reduce the runway occupancy time of the aircraft resulting to expeditious flow of air traffic. The Aircraft parking capacity of the Jammu airport has increased from 6 to 7 and additional two dedicated parking bays for helicopters.
For the first time in the history of Jammu airport, the first arriving aircraft on the newly constructed taxi track was welcomed with water cannon salute.
Speaking on the occasion, Airport Director, DK Gautam informed AAI is striving hard to enhance the passenger experience at Jammu airport and sought the co-operation of passengers to maintain the facilities and premises neat and clean.