Check-in facility on Airport Metro corridor may have to wait
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 21:47
New Delhi: The much-hyped check-in facility for fliers at stations on the high-speed Airport Metro Express corridor is unlikely to kick-off from May 1 as more trials are needed before the facility is made available to the public.

The Civil Aviation Ministry had set May 1 as the deadline for starting the check-in facility at three select Airport Metro stations, but a meeting held today did not discuss the date of inauguration of the facility.

The meeting convened by the Ministry saw the participation of representatives from the Reliance Infra-led consortium, which operates the line, major airlines and the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).

The check-in facility is the USP of the Airport Line, which takes passengers from Connaught Place to the Terminal-3 in just 18 minutes, but it has not yet started because of protracted negotiations between airlines and the consortium.

Today's meeting discussed the trial process, which has been going on for some time, and majority of stakeholders were of the opinion that the trials should go on for some more time.

Sources said the meeting also discussed the not-so- successful technical trials and opined that the trials with airlines should begin immediately.

"No date on inauguration of the facility was discussed," the sources said, adding that Airlines wanted more time for trials before the facility is made available to the public as they will be the competent authority.

The Airport Line was thrown open to the public on February 23 and around 8,000 people use it everyday. The company that runs the corridor feels the ridership would increase once the check-in facility begins.


First Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 21:47

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