Chennai airport to keep e-pass counters operative

Major hub: On an average, Chennai airport handles about 20,000 domestic passengers. File photo   | Photo Credit: VELANKANNI RAJ B

Passengers who are arriving at the Chennai airport can get e-passes from the counters opened in the arrival hall of the domestic terminal, if they fail to get it online.

A few days ago, the Tamil Nadu government introduced restrictions because of the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and said e-registration was mandatory for international and domestic passengers, except those arriving from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

Every day, thousands of e-passes have been issued at the counters at the Chennai airport.

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Officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) say these counters were opened last year for passengers arriving without e-passes, and they continued operating for many months.

“Their operation was discontinued very briefly, and then resumed. The passengers can either apply online through the Tamil Nadu government portal for e-registration or get the e-passes from these counters on arrival,” according to an official.

On an average, the airport handles about 20,000 domestic passengers.

Among them are 8,000-9,000 arrival passengers who will need e-pass or e-registration, officials say. There are some passengers who are still wondering whether they needed e-passes, and they often raise this question on Twitter for AAI.

Some say that though they got e-passes, no one checked them out.

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