If you are flying out of Kolkata during Durga Puja, try to reach the terminal at least one and a half hours before the scheduled departure. And if you are flying in, be prepared for the rush at rest rooms and a longer wait for taxis. Though Kolkata airport is yet to reach its rated capacity, with enough room to accommodate the spurt in footfall during the Puja season, sources said sections of the airport could get chock-a-block during rush hours. But fliers will also be in for a treat, with the airport, as well as, specific airlines, lining up a host of entertainment options.
According to airport director Atul Dikshit, Kolkata airport is ready for the Puja rush when traffic volume shoots up. “We are currently handling 30,000 passenger arrivals daily. This figure can go up to 33,000-35,000 per day. That will not put a strain on the infrastructure,” he said.
While there is adequate space for passengers in the terminal, it is the services that will come under pressure, particularly cleanliness of rest rooms and retrieval of baggage trolleys. Dikshit assured that both would be taken care of to ensure that passengers landing in Kolkata do not have a bitter experience.
The terminal itself will be decked up with festoons, lights and flower rangolis. “There will be selfie points and live performances by dhakis and baul singers to give passengers a taste of the festival,” Dikshit explained, adding that the dhakis will be posted near the arrival gates.
IndiGo is working on flash mobs during the festival days. The airline staff will dress up in traditional attire and break into jigs in the lounge.
Some passengers will feel the festive spirit even before their flight touches down in the city. Air India will offer a culinary expedition of quintessential Bengali cuisine on board during the festival. “For three days from Saptami, we will serve Bengali bhog, along with gandharaj lebur ghol, pulao, Dhakai murgi, machher korma, kalia o malai curry, sandesh, bonde, pantua and a lot more,” an airline spokesperson said.
The Puja feast will be served to passengers on a tray decked with traditional banana leaf mats.
Source: Times of India