By A Newsman
Kolkata, 15 April: AIR passengers transiting through Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata will no longer be required to run helter-skelter to find an accommodation as 12 double-bed retiring rooms have now been thrown open at the airport’s new terminal building.
This comes three years since the new terminal was commissioned at Kolkata airport in March 2013.
The all air-conditioned rooms are located on the mezzanine floor barely 50 metres away from the conveyor belt and are accessible through the arrival level. The rooms are fully furnished with attached washroom, wardrobe, television, mini fridge, mobile/laptop charging points, WiFi, complimentary newspapers, drinking water, and tea/coffee. They can accommodate 24 adults.
These new retiring rooms are in addition to the ones that have been there at the old terminal building. The old building has eight rooms, a 10-bed female dormitory, one 24-bed male dormitory, and together they account for 50 beds. They too are all air-conditioned.
Thus, the total numbers of adult passengers who can be provided accommodation at the Kolkata airport now stand at 74.
According to the airport management, transiting passengers can avail the retiring rooms for a maximum 24-hours and the check-in is facility is available round-the-clock.
“The booking has to be made by a passenger in person at the airport manager office on the departure level, which is accessible through Gate-3C or by sending a fax to 033-25118877. Accommodation will be provided on first come first serve basis,” said an airport official.
The charge for a bed in the double-bed room is Rs 1,000; the same will drop to Rs 1,500 if two passengers are family/kin and booked flights on a single ticket (multiple passengers booked under a single PNR). For a bed in the dormitory, the charge is Rs 700 per bed.