Friday, August 26, 2016

India's new air route to avoid Pakistani air space will cut emission and save fuel

New Delhi: In a bid to save fuel, cut emission and have better route utilisation, Indian carriers have suggested a new plan to the government that co-opts the air space controlled by the armed forces. It also calls for bypassing Pakistan while flying overseas to save navigation fees.

Called the Flexible Use of Airspace Initiative, under the larger aviation services management, it calls for: New, permanent routes for shorter navigation; grant of weekly permissions to operate shorter routes; and case-by-case approval by the defence Air Traffic Control to a pilot in air.

"If this is institutionalised, it will be a win-win-win for all: Less fuel use and lower emission -- which is good for the environment -- significant cut in fuel bills and shorter flying time for passengers," a top airline official said. "Avoiding Pakistani air space is part of the strategy."

The National Civil Aviation Policy that was unveiled in June also promises that the Ministry of Civil Aviation will strive to optimise the flexible use of airspace initiative in consultation with the Ministry of Defence.

Sources said the Airports Authority of India has constituted a separate Directorate under the Department of Air Navigation Service Providers to look into the optimisation of the entire Indian airspace in coordination with the Aviation Ministry.
26/08/16 IANS/Hans India

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