Jammu Airport generates sees more footfall than Raipur and corresponding revenue and we still have a lousier airport? Why is the question that Airports Authority of India (AAI) needs to answer.
In the year 2014, almost 952,641 passengers landed and boarded a plane from Jammu Airport, most of which were tourist visiting the city of temples while at the Swami Vivekananda Airport, the passenger movement is 925, 504 which is also fewer than Jammu Airport.
The Swami Vivekananda Airport at Raipur is newly constructed airport with all the modern facilities constructed with a cost of 136 crore rupees. The airport is way ahead in facilities provided in the Jammu Airport.
On one side, there is this airport at Ranchi with 2 aero-bridges, 20 check-in counters, 2 x-ray luggage machines, 3 security check points and 3 conveyor belt. The building can accumulate 700 passengers at one time The terminal also has a provision on 15 immigration counters for international flights which are not even started yet. On the other hand, Jammu Airport which is more busy than Swami Vivekananda Airport with bare minimum facilities and can only accommodate 200 passengers at a time.
If this is not enough then the size of airstrip at Jammu University is 6,770 feet while standard size of the airstrip in any port is 9,000 feet. The problem will only get sorted when WE Jammuites, start doing something about it.
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