Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Jayant Sinha steps in to clear Delhi's IGI airport mess

New Delhi: Alarm bells are ringing in the aviation ministry over the massive overcrowding and passenger inconvenience being witnessed this peak summer travel season at Delhi airport's Terminal 1—from where all domestic flights of IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir operate. Top ministry sources said the IGI Airport's master plan to cope with the growth is in a "mess" and hassled travellers are regularly tweeting sorry pictures of T1 to the authorities.
Things have come to such a pass that aviation minister Jayant Sinha has called a meeting of all stakeholders on Wednesday (June 7), including Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL), airlines and CISF to hammer out a solution at the earliest. He said DIAL master plan for IGIA needs to be urgently redrawn in a way that it can handle the growing requirements of Delhi. While traveller woes won't ease this summer, Sinha is aiming at some visible improvement by October-end.
"The agenda of the meeting is to see how IGIA gets ready for the winter schedule. Shifting some LCCs/flights from T1 to T2 was postponed till we have a revised master plan. The meeting has been called to go over as to what short-term benefits of moving to T2 are likely to be and its implications for the master plan so that DIAL can come up with a revised plan," Sinha, who is now personally overseeing the IGIA mess, told TOI. By winter, IGIA plans to increase its runway capacity and the resultant extra slots will be the incentive offered to LCCs for shifting to T1.
Jayant Sinha steps in to clear Delhi's IGI airport mess
06/06/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India