Feel like a dosa or a burger before flying out of the city airport, but don’t have access to the terminal where your favourite eatery is located? Fliers could soon get food from any of the 30 airport restaurants without visiting them.
They will be able to place orders on a hotline number and their choice of meal would be delivered to them at the boarding gate, said airport officials.
“We are in talks with a software company and the airport operator to find a common space accessible from all the three terminals,” said a spokesperson of Travel Food Services, a company that coordinates with the food outlets at the city airport.
Since these outlets are divided across terminals, the initiative will increase eating options for fliers, particularly those travelling on no-frill airlines. Four of the six domestic airlines operating out of the city are budget carriers that offer a limited option of snacks to be bought onboard.
For instance, a person travelling through domestic terminal 1A can’t get a burger because the stall is in the neighbouring terminal. “Since check-in counters close 45 minutes before departure, most passengers reach the airport at least an hour earlier. They could utilise the time to grab a bite,” said an airport official.
Airport eateries have also begun urging fliers to pick up takeaway packs since last month. While the service was always available, only select fliers took food parcels owing to lack of awareness, said airport officials.
“We came up with a campaign to inform fliers that the price they pay for a snack at the airport is the same as in a mall,” said an MIAL spokesperson.