Holiday season is coming and hence, it is important that all Indian metro airports get ready with steps to ease congestion. Last year, airports like Delhi & Mumbai suffered from congestion.
As a result of which, Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia had to intervene in between. Many flights were adjusted to reduce the peak hour congestion. But this time, the Indian government and authorities are very well prepared. In this article, lets have a look at what are the steps & instructions from the government to reduce the peak hour congestion?
Easing congestion at Indian airports
Here are the steps taken to ease congestion at Indian airports.
Increment in Number of CISF officials
The number of CISF personnels has been increased by 21 percent compared to last year. At top 16 airports in India, the number of CISF personnels deployed as of December 2023 is 24,733. These 16 airports includes major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Cochin, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hyderabad and Patna.
Apart from CISF officials, number of immigration counters and departure entry lanes have also been increased at many airports.
Prioritise passenger space
Airport authorities and operators have been instructed to prioritise space to passengers. Space should be provided at first to services related to passengers. Then only, space will be allotted to retail outlets and other business establishments.
When asked whether this decision will draw flak from Industry stakeholders specifically retailers, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that we did what we had to do. Airports are for general public. It is our responsibility to provide services to those people and my duty is to fulfill that responsibility.
What about fare rise?
On some of the most busiest routes like Delhi-Mumbai, there has been a fare price rise between 20-25 percent. Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that when the ministry observe any major increment in fares, they alert the TMU. TMU stands for Tariff Monitoring Unit, which comes under Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). TMU informs the airline regarding the hike and airline self regulates the prices and bring them down. Fare prices in aviation sector is deregulated in India and hence, it depends upon airlines whatever they want to charge. Mostly, it is a game of demand and supply.
By 2030, all Indian airports will jointly cater 200 million domestic passengers. Currently, this number is 141.2 million. Currently, airlines are operating short of capacity because many aircraft are grounded because of issues with Pratt & Whitney engines. However, the number of operational aircraft in India has increased from 622 to 644. All thanks to the wet leases signed by SpiceJet and IndiGo.
Source : Business Standard