I had to post this today, to tell you people of my experience at the New airport, the Shamshabad Airport in Hyderabad. I had a meeting in Hyderabad on Monday, the 24th March ’08. Since the day I was landing was only the second day after its inauguration, I was full of ‘super’ expectation and was thinking that finally some kind of a step was being done to the infrastructure facility. But I was in for a big disappointment as soon as I landed. You might think that I am seeing things entirely in a ‘negative’ aspect, but I feel that for an Airport built in 2008, it looks as if research was done for it in the ‘pre-development’ era i.e somewhere in early 2002.
Here is my account. As soon as I landed at the Shamshabad Airport, I could see that there were only six ‘aerobridge’ for both the domestic and international sections. It was shocking to see that there were only two baggage carousels in the Domestic Airport and two baggage carousels in the International Airport section. I am well aware of teething troubles that any start up’s or for that matter airports could have and we were there only in the second day of the opening of the ‘Airport’ but my biggest astonishment was, when I found that for every traveler there were hundred visitors and I felt that the Airport was not just equipped to handle that type of a crowd. I happened to take my return flight on the same night and to my horror I found that I had to travel a good two hours and thirty minutes to the Airport. Apart from that I had to wait around one hour and 30 minutes for the aircraft and around 20 minutes inside the aircraft, the travel time itself was for one hour and thirty minutes, and taking into account the delay in the air for around 25 min. (when the aircraft was finding parking space!) and finally landed near the flying club. The captain said that the matters were beyond his control. In totality the time taken for the travel was around six hours. Just imagine if I had taken the train I could at least been assured of a good night sleep!
With this experience behind me, I am all geared up to face the next which should be between Chennai and the New Bangalore Airport. Not sure what would greet me there and would not be surprised if it would be the same as I had faced in Hyderabad. Well one could never say and be sure to find my post on this as soon as I reach home. We need improvements in excess!