Thursday, August 03, 2017

Airlines request AAI for proper slot division at Lohegaon airport

Pune: The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has requested the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to provide their member airlines adequate slots and a level playing field so as to start more flight operations from the Pune airport.
On June 30, FIA wrote to the AAI authorities in New Delhi to consider its member airlines for the four new pair of slots that were being added at the Pune airport, exclusively for Sundays. The members of the FIA include top airlines like Jet, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir.
As per the letter, in November 2016, the Pune airport was given three slots in addition to the existing 94, however, FIA 's four member airlines were denied any of these slots even after requests. Later in December 2016, the AAI had said that in order to create a level playing field for new entrants and Air India, the three pairs of slots had been given to Air India, Vistara and AirAsia.
FIA said that due to conti nuous rejection, some airlines had stopped applying for new slots. While requesting for the new slots, the FIA, in the letter, has added that its members were eagerly waiting for a capacity increase to and from Pune, which if granted would boost their confidence. SpiceJet operates 10 do mestic and one international flight from the Pune airport.GoAir operates a total of 9 flights daily to five destinations from here. According to its website, Jet Airways operates eight domestic flights and one international flight from the airport. Almost, the same number lies with other major carriers operating from Pune.
03/08/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India