MIA Declared Cleanest and Best Maintained Airport in the Country
Mangaluru: “Mangaluru International Airport in the state of Karnataka has been declared as the cleanest and best-maintained airport in the country under 1.5 million to 5 million passenger handling Airport Category in the survey conducted by AAI among AAI run Airports,” said airport director V V Rao in a press meet held at MIA here on April 3.
Addressing the mediapersons V V Rao said, “In the last one year many new passenger friendly facilities were introduced in MIA like tagless baggage clearance, Silent Airport, Sanitary Napkin vending machines, re-furnished childcare room with baby cradle and prams. Passengers are welcomed in the terminal with the famous Mangalore Jasmine Fragrance through automatic dispenser machines installed in various locations in the Terminal building. Passengers were warmly greeted with Flowers, cakes and cultural events on various festivals like Dasara, Deepavali, Eid, Onam, Christmas, New Year etc, and various other passenger delight events like smile week / Magic show/ flash mob were conducted in all the important days of the year”.
V V Rao further said, “Mangaluru Intl. The airport is one of the fastest growing Airport in Southern India. This Airport has seen phenomenal growth of more than 30% since last one year. The passenger handled in this Airport has gone up to 23.4 lakh this year compared to that of last year of 17.5 lakh. The number of flight operations per day is more than 60 presently and likely to go more than 80 in the coming months. AAI has already taken up a major expansion of Terminal Building by enhancing its area 1.5 times of existing area in the coming years. 2 -more passenger Boarding Bridges are being added in coming months and further 2 more passenger boarding bridges will be built along with the expansion project. The parallel taxi track phase-I commissioning has increased runway handling capacity from 10 flights per hour to 14 flights per hour and with commissioning of parallel taxi track phase-II the runway handling capacity will further increase to 17 flights per hour. AAI has also undertaken major Safety enhancement projects by increasing the width of the runway side basic strip from 75 mtr to 150 mtr.”
V V Rao also said, “Mangaluru International Airport is going to further enhance 3 more additional parking bays for aircraft. New enhanced facilities like ASR/MSSR and DVOR has been installed and being commissioned. Further works which are under planning are facelift works in the terminal building along with Art Work showcasing the Art and Culture of Karnataka particularly Dakshina Kannada. 3 in one segregated compact dustbins have been placed out of which 8 nos kept in NITB and 12 Nos in the city side for maintaining Swachhata in and around the Airport vicinity. Free Wi-fi facility for 45 minutes for passengers. New car parking policy and App based cab aggregator service shall be introduced shortly for the benefit of the passengers. Apart from this lots of other passenger-friendly facilities are being taken up for meeting the passenger comfort and convenience.”