Only one airline is using the two aerobridges at Indore airport that were built by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) spending Rs 6 crore. The airport management is now trying to convince other airlines to start using the aerobridges that make it convenient for the passengers to board the aircraft.
"At present, Indigo airlines is using the aerobridge facility on a regular basis. The Jet Airways is facing some technical issues and has asked for more time. We are hoping that Jet will start using the facility in the next few days. Air India had used the facility for one month, but has discontinued due to technical issues," Indore airport director Manoj Chansoria told HT.
Meanwhile, SpiceJet has said that it will not be using the facility as its aircraft are of smaller sizes and the aerobridges do not fit. Pushback tugs or tractors are required to manoeuvre the aircrafts before aerobridges could be attached. While pushback tractors are available at Indore airport, the airlines have to use their own tow bars to avail of the aerobridge facility.
The two aerobridges at Indore airport had become operational in October this year. In fact, the completion of the aerobridges was rushed in order to make them operational before the Global Investors' Summit on request of the state government.
Airport officials say the aerobridge project got delayed as they were waiting for arrival of some parts from abroad. While the aerobridges were assembled locally, some parts had come from abroad.
An aerobridge connects the terminal building to the aircraft allowing passengers to enter and exit directly. In case the aerobridges are not used, passengers have to wait in queue to board the buses. Although it is not mandatory for airlines to use the aerobridge, most do so taking passenger comfort into account.