Wednesday, May 17, 2017

UDAN May Hit Air Pocket With Mumbai Airport Giving Only Eight Slots

The government's ambitious UDAN scheme may hit air pocket with the Mumbai airport authorities allocating only eight slots for the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) flights.
The Civil Aviation Ministry had sought 20 slots from the Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) for operating flights to unserved and under-served airports from the country's second busiest aerodrome.
MIAL was able to provide only eight slots since it is facing severe slot constraints, a source told Press Trust of India. The airport has been unable to accommodate the request of even scheduled carriers for more flights, the source added.
The GVK-Airport Authority of India run Mumbai airport, which has become the world's busiest airport with a single-runway operations, handled 837 flights a day or one in 65 seconds on an average in fiscal 2017, overtaking London's Gatwick airport that had 757 flights a day. It handled 45.2 million passengers in the last fiscal, accounting for 18.6 percent of the total air traffic in the country.
16/05/17 PTI/Bloomberg

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