Srinagar International Airport has a semi-automatic car park
Speaking to Twitter, an airport official wrote: “The new semi-automatic parking lot opened at Srinagar airport. One step at a time towards better facilities for our dear passengers ”. Among others, Kuldeep Singh, who recently took over as the new airport manager, inaugurated the new parking lot.
The new parking lot should be a relief for commuters. It can be mentioned that last year there were huge criticisms regarding the exorbitant entrance fees at Srinagar airport which was Rs 60 per vehicle exceeding the 10 minute stay limit. After the public outcry, this system was scrapped as it had become quite expensive to drop off and pick up passengers.
The old parking lot at Srinagar Airport has a capacity of almost 250 spaces and is located a short walk from the terminal. However, with an increase in the influx of passengers, there has been an increasing demand for more parking space and semi-automated parking is expected to bring tremendous relief to travelers.
Relevantly, Srinagar Airport is under the direct operational control of the Indian Air Force (IAF), which controls its air traffic and airstrip as well as firefighting facilities and crash activities, in outside of airspace. The terminal, where passengers check in and out, and the apron, where an aircraft is parked, are however controlled by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The airport, surrounded by dozens of villages and orchards, is located at a distance of 10 km from Lal Chowk, downtown Srinagar and covers over 65 acres of land.