Wednesday, November 15, 2017

IndiGo moves high court against Delhi airport operator

New Delhi: The proposed infrastructure upgrade of the Delhi airport’s domestic terminal (T1) could be delayed, with IndiGo moving the high court on Tuesday against the airport operator’s direction to partially shift its operations to Terminal 2 (T2).

Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), the operator, had asked the airline to shift its flights to Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru by January 4. A few other airlines were also issued a similar direction, in view of the T1 expansion plan.

In its petition filed before the Delhi High Court, the airline has sought a stay on the shifting order, challenging DIAL’s authority in the matter.
“The restrictions sought to be imposed by DIAL could destroy IndiGo’s business, the reputation of which has been built over the past 11 years. DIAL’s directions are completely arbitrary and do not have any nexus with the object sought to be achieved — decongestion,” said the country’s largest passenger airline.


IndiGo has also made the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Airports Authority of India (AAI), and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) a party to the case. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Initially, IndiGo, Spicejet, and GoAir were asked to shift one-third of their flights to T2 by October 29. IndiGo, which operates 306 daily flights, including 86 to Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru, had refused to shift, saying the move would lead to a loss of business as October was a peak traffic season, and that shifting would cause inconvenience to passengers.
15/11/17 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard

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