GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) in India has introduced fully contactless car parking for passengers and visitors amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

It has also scaled up its National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) FASTag Car Parking in partnership with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), integrating ten NETC FASTag Issuer banks.

This is scheduled to go live with existing issuer banks in the coming weeks.

The automated system requires customers to purchase the NETC FASTag, which is linked to a prepaid account.

The reloadable electronic RFID tag enables the automatic deduction of applicable parking charges while one drives through the car park, eliminating the need for cash transactions.

GHIAL CEO Pradeep Panicker said: “As part of our commitment to providing a safe airport experience during Covid-19 pandemic, we are happy to announce that now passengers and visitors can avail a fully contactless car parking experience thanks to the collaboration with NPCI and NETC, which has now made our car parking fully compatible with any NETC FASTag Issuing Banks in India.”

The airport introduced ‘NETC FASTag Car Park’ in collaboration with NPCI in last November. It was part of the ‘One Nation One Tag – NETC FASTag’ programme introduced by the Government of India and the airport’s signature programme of ‘Passenger Is Prime’.

Commenting on the development, NPCI chief operating officer Praveena Rai said: “By venturing into the safe and contactless car park mechanism, customers would get rid of producing cash at the exit and long queue.

“We are confident that this collaboration will lay the foundation for empowering vehicle owners to go contactless and experience the innovative airport parking facility.”