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GHIAl claims it is first airport in India to offer paperless E-boarding for International flights

Hyderabad: GMR led Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) on Tuesday claimed that it has to be the first and only airport in the country to offer truly end-to-end paperless E-boarding to all its domestic passengers across all International flights.

Under the true spirit of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, GMR Hyderabad International Airport has now started rolling out this indigenously developed digital solution to International flights, becoming the first airport in India to do so.

This marks a significant milestone in the history of Indian aviation.

In line with the Government of India’s Digital India campaign, GHIAL’s international e-boarding service ramps up safe travel options for international passengers choosing to fly out of Hyderabad, It said in a release.

The service is currently available for select International flights of IndiGo Airlines.

Hyderabad International Airport rolled out its e-boarding services for international flights after the government’s nod based on a rigorous and successful pilot.

As a key partner to this initiative, IndiGo Airlines became the maiden carrier to commence this facility when their Sharjah-bound passengers e-boarded themselves from Hyderabad on the 6E 1405 flight on October 2.

Other scheduled International carriers operating out of Hyderabad are in the process of integration with the Airport’s e-boarding system, which will be rolled out soon.

Speaking about this significant achievement, GHIAL CEO Mr. Pradeep Panicker said, we are delighted to announce that after about five years of successfully operating e-boarding for domestic flights, we have launched the E-boarding solution for international operations as well – another first for any Indian airport.

In the present scenario of the pandemic, automating the passenger journey provides more pleasant airport experience, he said.

After the successful pilot of the project and all regulatory approvals, we have used our internal capabilities to take up e-boarding solution for international operations, Panicker added.

He said, “Implementation of successful E-boarding at RGIA is outcome of the collaboration with cross functional teams and all stakeholders, including our key partner IndiGo. We are confident that very soon we will get all our international carriers operating out of Hyderabad onto our e-boarding platform.”

The E-boarding solution is fully backwards-compatible, and passengers would be free to choose between using conventional paper boarding passes or electronic boarding passes on their mobile phones to use the system.

As a process, any passenger boarding an International flight using e-boarding service will have to book the ticket online and do a web check-in.

All international departures passengers are being processed from the Interim International Departures Terminal (IIDT). Special screening and safety measures are in place during the flight’s handling to protect against the COVID-19, which includes thermal screening prior to terminal entry, mandatory social distancing enforced through special queuing arrangements at all passenger processing points.

Recently, the Hyderabad International Airport achieved Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation’ for its measures strengthening safe travels, the release added.

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