Lohegaon airport authorities plan to exempt the elderly and disabled from a new rule under which those staying for more than five minutes at the pick-up and drop areas of the airport pay a surcharge of Rs 85.
Under the new rule, brought in the first week of November to ease congestion at the narrow alley, the airport administration decided to charge extra for the vehicles when the difference between their entry and exit timings exceeded five minutes. The surcharge for SUVs is Rs 100.
Lohegaon airport director Ajay Kumar said the rule would be reviewed to grant an exemption to those people who genuinely need more time. “Old people who are wheelchair-bound or those with disabilities may genuinely need more time. The five-minute rule may cause them trouble. Hence, we have decided to waive the surcharge for them.” He said the new rule for surcharge had led to decongestion of the alley. “There has been a visible improvement. The congestion has gone down to a great extent.”
An average of 14,000 vehicles enter and exit the airport daily.