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
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.