Despite Metro link, connectivity to Delhi’s IGI airport poor: Study
The revelation was made in a report by School of Planning and Architecture on ‘accessibility to airports’. The connectivity of airports through public transport is better in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore compared to Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, the study says.delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2017 12:24 IST
Despite having a dedicated high-speed Metro link to the airport, Delhi is rated fourth among the six metro cities when it comes to reliability of public transport for fliers.
A study by the School of Planning and Architecture on ‘accessibility to airports’ found that rail-based system is absent or unconnected for many of airports in India, including three of the six in metros.
The connectivity of airports through public transport is better in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore compared to Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.
“Reliability of a mode is a very important factor for the users’ choice of travel. Hyderabad and Mumbai top the chart for reliability of private mode (car) and public transport. In India, 38% airports don’t have public transport accessibility. All accessible public transport systems to airports currently provide drops farther to the passenger entry facilities than to be door-to-door services,” said Sewa Ram, professor of Transport Planning in the SPA.
As per the report, all Indian airports, particularly metro airports, are far from the standards of accessibility compared to global airports.
In other countries, speed of public transit for accessing the airport is higher as compared to road-based systems whereas in India it is the opposite. As a result, modal share of access in terms of public transport is less as compared to South-East Asian countries (60%), Europe (30%) and even US (16%).
The only place, where Delhi was on the top, was in terms of air accessibility, which means passengers can find flights to almost anywhere from Delhi airport.
The report also points out that the regional connectivity scheme won’t solve the problem much as passengers spend more time changing flights than flying.
As per the study, presently for one interchange, approximately 76% is non-flight time and only 24% is the flight time. For one interchange in China, non-flight time is less than 30%, in Europe it is 39% and in the US it is 32%. Similar unsatisfactory conditions prevail in India for more than one interchange.
“Government has announced different policies of scheme to improve connectivity. Due to this, air sector is expected to boom similar to surface transport. Our study finds that there should be more tiers and classifications of the airports. Accordingly, the infrastructure investments and agencies have to be identified. Based on the classification, different benchmarking parameters are to be maintained and budgetary allocation can take place. For example, Lucknow has the potential of becoming a metro hub in UP provided the airports in the vicinity and distance band of 150-200 km such as Bareilly and others come up,” he said.