Jammu Airport: Augmenting Infrastructure to Enhance ConnectivityArachika Kapoor October - December 2017 Airport Focus
Upgrading airports for delivering better services to air travellers has been the motto for the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The newly inaugurated upgraded terminal building at the Jammu Airport is one such example.
Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, and P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, recently inaugurated the upgraded passenger terminal building at the Jammu Airport.
Jammu, also known as the ‘City of Temples’ is the winter capital and a gateway to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Bestowed with a rich heritage and cultural legacy, Jammu has promising tourism potential. The city is famous for its religious tourism trails with the famous holy shrine of ‘Mata Vaishno Devi’, which is approximately 46 kilometres from the city.
The Jammu Airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, Ministry of Defence, and AAI maintains a civil enclave for its civil aircraft operations. During 2016-17, passenger traffic movement at the airport reached around 1.16 million and the passenger growth rate touched 29 pc in the first quarter of 2017-18. To cope with the increasing passenger growth and demand, the expansion and modification of the existing terminal building of Jammu Airport was undertaken. Since then the area has been expanded from 6,700 square metres to 14,500 square metres with an upgraded peak hour capacity of 720 passengers at a time, an increase from the existing 360 peak hour passengers.
“We believe in augmenting infrastructure of our airports to enhance connectivity. With the upgraded Jammu Airport, we will be better prepared to give improved services to air travellers visiting this city of temples,” said Gajapathi Raju while inaugurating the terminal building.
The upgraded passenger terminal is a glass and steel structure that is equipped with passenger facilities and amenities like Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Common Use Self-Service (CUSS) kiosks for check-in, central air-conditioning, two arrival conveyer belts, escalators and glass elevators, flight information display system, and a PA system with comfortable seating capacity.
Along with introducing modern facilities, the terminal is also taking steady steps towards becoming eco-friendly with some of its green features, including the double insulated roofing system, rainwater harvesting facilities, a 200 KLD sewage treatment plant (soil-based technology), low heat gain glazing, low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints, LED lighting, energy efficient chillers, Variable Frequency Drive (VFDs) for high capacity motors, use of fly ash bricks, and reusing treated water for horticulture and air conditioning purposes.
For the safety and security of passengers, the building is equipped with firefighting and fire alarm system, CCTV, baggage scanners, etc. There is also a provision for installation of three passenger-boarding bridges with Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (AVDGS) for the terminal.
Appreciating the upgraded terminal, Chief Minister Mufti said, “We have been witnessing promising growth in number of air travellers to and from Jammu. The upgraded terminal of Jammu Airport is well in line with future growth and will surely contribute to the economic growth of Jammu – the gateway to the north.”