AAI planning to introduce Aadhar-enabled e-boarding at Baroda, Vijayawada airports
Now, the flyers in India will need to carry only Aadhar Cards. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to introduce Aadhar enabled e-boarding facility at two airports Baroda and Vijayawada on pilot project basis.
“These airports have new buildings so we are planning to introduce e-boarding facility at these two AAI-managed airports. We have started the process of bidding,” said Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairperson, AAI, on Monday.
“We will also explore the opportunity of Aadhar-enabled services at this airport in consultation with security forces and other stakeholders,” he added. As per the plan the e-boarding services will include a series of facilities like cashless payment options, automatic check-in, and pass verification.
“We are also looking for a feasible option to avoid physical frisking of passengers particularly for those who fly frequently. These services will gradually extend to other airports as well,” he added explaining the plan.
Mohapatra also informed that the bidding process will be completed in three months thereafter three to six months will be required to implement the plan. Some privately-managed airports in India and airlines are using Aadhar Card for limited services.
He also informed that the AAI is ready to launch Regional Connectivity Scheme to provide air service to smaller cities.
“Some of the airports of AAI like Agara, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Jaisalmer, Badmer, Bhatinda, Bhav Nagar are ready for operation while some others will require renovation and will be ready in around three months. Once the ministry finalises the routes, we will start working on those airports,” said Mohapatra.
The deadline for bidding of air routes was completed on Monday and the ministry is likely to announce the routes on Tuesday.