Guwahati/ 17th September’2017(Prag News Desk): The Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport which is equipped for handling an air traffic load of 1.5 million passengers annually is running out of capacity.
The International Airport that is handling an air traffic load of 1.5 million passengers is now bearing the load of nearly 3.5 million passengers per annum, a development attributed to the quantum jump in air passenger traffic, especially in the last fiscal that witnessed a nearly 40 per cent rise, the highest ever.
To live up to the challenge, the authorities have now increased additional security hold area by 250 square metres and requisitioned additional strength of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel.
Compared to the air traffic flow of 27.961 lakh passengers in 2015-16, the last fiscal year (2016-17) recorded a footfall of over 38.652 lakh passengers, registering an all-time high load increase of nearly 40 per cent.
Official sources informed that there are plans for massive overhaul and expansion of the Guwahati airport as it is attracting record air traffic flow, which is very encouraging from the region’s point of view.
The capacity is not gauged just by how many people you can physically fit in the building, but also by health and safety regulations, which is why it is of paramount importance to meet certain standards.
Further, the year 2014-15 had witnessed an air traffic passenger flow of 25.87 lakh, and the footfall in the subsequent year stood at 27.96 lakh.
With limited resources, the unprecedented increase in air traffic also means inconvenience to the passengers, who are now seen struggling to get the facilities they are entitled to.
The problem has been compounded with the additional load of Haj pilgrims every year.
This includes access to trolleys and washrooms (arrival), which according to frequent fliers, are very hard to avail as they are not sufficient in number.