International passengers could expect some special facilities at the Amausi airport.
With the rising number of Gulf-bound passengers, the airport administration has ordered setting up of new immigration counters to help passengers with faster processing of their documents and to expedite customs formalities before boarding a flight.
The international carriers touching down will also be allowed parking spaces nearer to the terminal to avoid time wasted in transportation of the passengers through airport buses, sources said.
The screening process has been streamlined to avoid long wait by international passengers during rush hours. They can now pick up their bags faster once cleared through the X rays.
The Amausi airport arrival and departure terminal can accommodate up to 350 passengers at a time. The airport has been provided with sufficient number of chairs for the waiting passengers, sources said.
The airport expects to have a much higher capacity on intake of international passengers once the fully integrated international terminal comes up, sources added.
The airport terminals are being spruced up as Oman Air has plans of launching daily Muscat-Lucknow flights. There has been almost 40 to 50 per cent rise in the international passenger traffic during the past two years from the Amausi airport to the Gulf nations.
The airport faces unprecedented rush of passengers if international flights get delayed and domestic carriers start arriving at the airport during the morning hours.
“Considering the fact that there is at least a 20 to 30 per cent rise in the international passenger traffic every year at the Amausi airport, the facility would need higher number of immigration and customs officials,” sources said.
The renovation of the airport’s lounge and terminal area had been going on for the past one year with duty free shops keeping more items for sale than during 2003 or 2004.
The restaurants are also being renovated to offer a wide variety of cuisines as well as provide more seating area, sources added.