HYDERABAD: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has extended the limitations on the number of individuals accompanying air travelers until the end of August. Initially set at three persons per traveler heading abroad, this restriction was initially intended to be in place until Independence Day. However, ongoing issues related to overcrowding and traffic congestion have prompted officials to extend the timeline.
K Narayana Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police for the Shamshabad zone, emphasized that this measure aims to ease traffic congestion and enhance the airport’s operational efficiency. The influx of students traveling abroad for educational purposes during this period has contributed significantly to the increased volume of people at the airport. An RGIA official highlighted that an average of 50 to 60 visitors accompanied each passenger, resulting in a surge of vehicles and subsequent congestion on access roads and ramps.
The extension of this restriction aligns with the heightened security alert in anticipation of Independence Day. The decision to curb the number of accompanying individuals was prompted by the observation of consistent participation of families and friends over the past week. Despite appeals through social media by airport authorities, substantial changes in behavior were not witnessed. As a result, authorities are appealing to the public for cooperation and understanding in complying with these limitations.