MIAs parking system automated for greater passenger convenience
Mangaluru: Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) in a passenger-centric move has ushered in an automated parking system. Rolled out in a phased manner, the system is an integration of proven toll technologies, which will create a seamless experience for the passengers using this #GatewayToGoodness. The system will enhance safety and security for passengers and their vehicles while on the premises of this airport.
The entry point to the airport has clearly demarcated lanes for different types of vehicles
The system allows vehicle users to generate tickets at the entrance using self-ticket dispensers. Stakeholders with airport-issued RFID cards tap the card on the very same ticket dispenser and make their way to the designated parking lot. Other users should scan this ticket at the exit toll booth, and pay the prescribed parking fee, if applicable – digitally or in cash. Likewise, RFID card holders too should tap their cards at the exit.
The parking pre-payment counter enables people to pay their parking charges and exit via lane 3 (express lane) at the exit
The parking pre-payment counter, the key to the automation, is operational in front of the lower ground floor arrival area. Visitors arriving in a car, may make the payment here and exit via the express lane within the allotted time by scanning the ticket. Plans are afoot to introduce futuristic technology such as FASTag which will add to the convenience of passengers/stakeholders in seamlessly entering and exiting the airport.
Signage affixed to the exit ramp guides users on the lane they need to use while exiting the airport
There are four lanes each at the entry and exit. Lane one at the entry is for cargo vehicles/buses, lanes two and three are for private cars/motorcycles, and lane four is for a taxi. At the exit, lane one is for cargo vehicles/private cars/buses, lane two is exclusively for motorcycles, lane three is the designated express lane (for those paying at the parking pre-payment counter) and lane four is for taxis and private cars.
Clear demarcation of lanes at the exit to help visitors leave the airport in an orderly fashion
The airport which is in the process of covering the parking lots with CCTV cameras to ensure the safety of vehicles has added facilities such as an EV charging station and eco-car wash at the lot. Likewise, additional CCTVs with advanced security features will also be installed at the entry and exit toll booths. The entire automation process will enhance the passenger experience and reassure them about their safety as well as their vehicles.