Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Rush at airports: Govt grounds new flights

New Delhi: Congestion at airports has led to the government turning down requests from airlines to launch new flights to Bangalore and Pune airports.
Similarly, peak hour congestion at Mumbai airports has resulted in the Airports Authority of India (AAI) refusing permission to new flights between 6-10 am and 4-7 pm.
Airlines seeking landing slots at these airports have been advised by the civil aviation ministry to look at alternative airports.
According to ministry sources, a start-up carrier which wanted permission to operate a 6 am flight between Mumbai and Delhi had been denied permission. It has been asked to schedule the landing at 5 am.
18/10/06 Bipin Chandran/Business Standard
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