18 non-metro airports to get aerobridges: AAI

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has plans to put up aerobridges at 18 airports over the country, to facilitate the ease of movement of passengers from the aircraft to the terminal building and vice versa.

Aerobridges connect the aircraft directly with the terminal, enabling passengers to walk into and out of the aircraft straight from and into the airport lounge. At present, only five AAI airports have aerobridges.

The Rs120-crore project would cover a number of non-metro airports. Vadodara in Gujarat, Lucknow in UP, Guwahati in Assam and Raipur in Chhatisgarh, will be the first airports to get them.

"Five airports will be covered initially, but later the project would be extended to 18 non-metro airports in the country. Once the contract for supply is awarded, all 18 airports will have aerobridges within six months," said an AAI official.

Air passenger traffic in the country is presently growing at over 25 per cent. While the major growth is still concentrated in the six metros, non-metro cities such as Lucknow and Baroda are also expected to see rapid growth.