ADELTE has been awarded a contract to supply boarding bridges to 12 airports based in India. Playing a key role in the modernization projects of India’s airport, Adelte will be involved with designing, manufacturing and installing, initially, 24 apron drive passenger boarding bridges.
India’s continued economic development and growth requires an efficient domestic transport system linked to international access. In the period from 2016-2020, an investment of US$15tn is expected to be invested for the improvement and development of airport infrastructures.
The boarding bridges that are to be installed are electromechanical units with glass tunnels, and come equipped with the latest visual docking guidance systems (VDGS).
These advanced boarding bridges enable rapid boarding and disembarking and will significantly improve the safety and comfort of the passenger experience at Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Calicut, Coimbatore, Goa, Guwahati, Jammu, Lucknow, Mangalore, Trichy, Trivandrum and Vadodara airports.
The first three apron drive boarding bridges of the project are being installed at Goa Airport and in operation this autumn.
Raimon Albiol, managing director, ADELTE, said, “The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has commissioned Adelte, relying on both our cutting-edge technology and our expertise in managing complex projects. This is the beginning of a long-term relationship, working together as part of the Make in India initiative.
“We are very proud to work with the AAI on this airport infrastructure development project and to contribute to the modernization of boarding operations throughout the country and the whole region as we are already working on similar projects in Iraq, Iran and Pakistan.”
In 2016, more than 224 million passengers travelled by plane in India. By 2020, India is expected to be the world’s third largest aviation market, with a fleet of more than 800 aircraft.