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Delhi to have 'Airport Link Express' soon

delhi Updated: May 25, 2008 13:26 IST

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Those flying out of the Capital will soon be able to check-in their baggages at 20 places across the city and take dedicated AC luxury buses to airport.

Aptly named Airport Link Express, the facility will press around 300 AC luxury buses into service by next year to carry airline passengers from different parts of the city.

Similar to Airlink services operational in Sydney, Vancouver, Paris, Tokyo and Amsterdam, these buses will have trained staff to handle baggage right from the point passengers board the buses to getting it checked-in at the airport.

"We have decided to launch the Airport Link Express in coordination with the Delhi government with an aim to improving the connectivity with the airport", Urban Development Secretary M Ramamchandran told PTI.

"Our aim is to make the servive operational by next year so that it can be effectively utilised during the Commonwealth Games. Besides Delhi, the Express scheme will be implemented through public-private participation model in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and other cities as well," Ramachandran said.

There are about 60,000 passengers - incoming and outgoing - using Delhi airport in a day. The number of passengers is likely to grow by 20 per cent by 2010.

It is expected that many would be willing to avail the Airport Link service instead of using their own vehicles if their luggages are taken care of and they are assured of a comfortbale and safe journey to airport, Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh
Mehta said about the service.

Modalities are being worked out to make it operational before the Games, he added.