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Friday, 10 January, 2020, 12 : 45 PM [IST]

Bhopal airport will have its 3rd aerobridge by February-end

The Raja Bhoj airport will get its third aerobridge by February-end. Installation of aerobridge, which is being imported from China, will start by the end of this month. At present Bhopal airport has two aerobridges. The need for another aerobridge was felt after a huge surge in footfall and flight movement in 2019. 

With the arrival of SpiceJet and IndiGo airlines, traffic has considerably increased at Bhopal. This could be gauged from the fact that last year around 5 lakh more passengers travelled from Bhopal airport. There are now more than 34 regular flights a day operated by Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet and the number is likely to go up to 40 by this summer. Anil Vikram, Airport director, Bhopal said, “This calls for at least another aerobridge to handle the volume of passengers embarking and alighting.” 

About the installation process, director Vikram said, “We are hoping to get the aerobridge by January 25. After that a team of experts will come to install. We will prepare a report to send it to headquarters of Airport Authority of India.” He added that after installation site inspection will be conducted. “We will do the safety assessment of the installed aerobridge. A report will be prepared about it. We will send the report to AAI’s headquarters.” AAI will send the report to DGCA for its approval. “Once DGCA approves, the aerobridge will start functioning,” Vikram further said. 

This one is being imported from China, Vikram said, adding, “It will cost us around INR 2.5 crore while the complete cost of installing the aerobridge is INR 8.5 cr.” Existing two aerobridges in operation were installed by an Indonesian firm in 2014. Incidentally, Bhopal airport has also got the nod for installation of fourth aerobridge and installation work will start soon. Vikram said with the start of new airlines, Bhopal airport is getting more traction on the national map. “Things are moving in the right direction. Infrastructure at Bhopal airport is bigger than Indore’s Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar airport,” he pointed out, adding that with the installation of third aerobridge facilities will definitely be increased.

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