Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Udan demand puts busy airport in a fix

The civil aviation ministry has sought over 20 slots at the severely congested Mumbai airport for the operation of flights under the government’s regional connectivity scheme.

This demand has, however, left the airport operator, Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), in a spot, as there is a severe capacity crunch, amid increasing requests from existing operators for allotment of additional slots. Delhi airport, which has been asked to provide24 slots, is also facing a similar situation.

The connectivity scheme, known as UDAN or Udey Desh Ka Aam Nagrik, seeks to connect airports not in use and under-served airports as well as make flying more affordable with the ticket price being capped at Rs 2,500 for a onehour flight.

The state-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) is the implementing agency for the scheme, and has received 43 initial proposals from 11 bidders covering 92 airports. Out of these aerodromes, 12 are under-served and 50 are not in use.
22/03/17 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror