Maharana Pratap Airport in Dabok has been witnessing a consistent rise in passenger traffic, prompting the authorities to embark on a swift expansion project. Commencing this month, the airport is poised to introduce a groundbreaking service – car rentals. This will mark a significant milestone as it becomes the first airport in the state to offer such a service. To facilitate this, a dedicated rental counter has been established near the airport's arrival gate.
Domestic and international tourists will now have the opportunity to rent luxury cars at fixed rates after providing the requisite documentation. This service empowers travelers to explore the city and its surrounding areas at their own pace and convenience. The introduction of car rental services at Maharana Pratap Airport is expected to enhance the overall travel experience for visitors and contribute to the growth of tourism in the region.
Airport Director Yogesh Nagaich has announced that, in addition to self-drive options, tourists who prefer not to drive themselves will have the option to rent cars with drivers through the car rental service. This service will feature a diverse fleet comprising 20 different types of brand-new vehicles. Director Nagaich has also disclosed a phased expansion plan for terminal facilities, with completion expected by December. As part of these developments, the existing check-in counters are being relocated to the left side of the terminal, positioned behind a transparent glass wall. Subsequently, comfortable seating in the form of sofas will be installed for the convenience of passengers.
Efforts are now underway to clear the entire area just beyond the check-in area by demolishing the shops that were previously established there. Once this space is cleared, it will be furnished with sofas to offer passengers a comfortable seating option. Notably, throughout the entire airport, chairs will be replaced exclusively by sofas. In the initial phase of the terminal makeover, the airport has introduced a host of facilities on both the ground and first floors. These enhancements include an electric massage parlor, a VIP lounge, sofas and cushioned chairs strategically placed throughout, designated selfie points, and an array of more than 15 acclaimed eateries.
The brand-new VIP lounge, a prominent addition, has been strategically positioned directly in front of the existing lounge within the check-in area. This layout offers a well-organized and convenient arrangement, catering to the needs of domestic and international tourists, politicians, central and state officials, as well as various dignitaries. Within the check-in area, a fresh addition has graced the ground floor in the form of a newly opened restaurant. This eatery now offers a diverse range of South and North Indian cuisine to cater to passengers' culinary preferences. Furthermore, starting from the next month, patrons can also indulge in Continental cuisine.
On the first floor of the terminal, a noteworthy amenity is the electronic massage parlor, where up to four passengers can enjoy massages simultaneously. Additionally, various shops have been introduced on the first floor, featuring a selection of merchandise including shoes, sandals, clothing of different styles, eyewear, cosmetics, and even a sweets shop. These additions are designed to provide travelers with a comfortable and enjoyable experience, allowing them to pass one to two hours in leisure at the airport.
The expansion of these facilities at Udaipur Airport is poised to enhance its reception and reputation, both nationally and internationally. Presently, among the 65 major airports located in cities, this airport holds the second position in terms of customer satisfaction. It had held the number one spot for the past three years. However, with the ongoing expansion of its amenities, there is optimism about regaining the coveted number one position in the near future.
In the last 11 months, Udaipur Airport has seen a significant surge in passenger traffic, surpassing the one lakh mark. Notably, Udaipur currently serves as a hub for 16 flights, connecting various destinations such as Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, and Indore. Within the state of Rajasthan, there are a total of seven airports, including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Kota, and Kishangarh, contributing to the region's air connectivity.