Thursday, May 04, 2017

Decision likely this month on Delhi airport slots issue, says civil aviation ministry

The decision on the slots issue at Delhi airport is likely to be taken this months even as the possible solutions are ‘difficult’ ones, says a top Civil Aviation Ministry official.      Differences have been persisting between domestic airlines and DIAL operator of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here -- over the proposal to shift operations of some carriers to terminal 2 (T2).

Discussions have been going on between the ministry, airlines and airport operator to find a way out. “The solutions which are possible are difficult solutions. Our objective is to minimise the difficulties to passengers as well as the operational inconvenience to the airlines,” Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey told PTI in an interview.

“We are working on solutions to see how we can mesh all these things,” he said.      Earlier this year, Delhi airport operator had asked no- frills carriers -- IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir -- to shift some of their operations to T2 from terminal 1D. Stating that the slots issue is a little difficult one, Choubey said one possible solution would be to say that all flights arriving and departing for or from a particular city, would land and take off from T2.
04/05/17 PTI/The Pioneer