Friday, September 29, 2017

Dip in charter flights expected this season

Panjim/Vasco: Ahead of the opening of the tourist season, the tourism industry fears there could be a significant drop in charter flights in view of Indian Navy’s restrictions in landing times at Dabolim international airport.
The season commences on October 1 with the first charter flight due to arrive on that day from Russia. Information with Herald reveals that while the Russian charter is lucky to find a slot on Sunday, another charter flying from UK is struggling to get a slot.
Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has stated that the revised schedule on the closure of airport for international flights by the Indian Navy resulted in the present crisis.
“The Indian Navy shuts the airport from 8.30am to 12.30pm from Monday to Friday, while Saturday and Sundays were open. But the closure days are now extended to all seven days. Moreover, permission to land at 10.30am and take off at 12.30pm has also been withdrawn,” TTAG President Savio Messias said speaking to Herald.
29/09/17 Herald

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