Monday, June 12, 2017

Terminal 2 to finally open by Oct-end

NEW DELHI: Flyers at Terminal 1, which is bursting at the seams, are finally going to get some relief from October-end.
The aviation ministry held a meeting of all stakeholders last week and decided that low cost carriers (LCC) - IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir - will have to shift some domestic flights to Terminal 2 by the start of the winter schedule, which is starting October 29.
However, the decongestion of T1 will happen after the peak festive summer season as Diwali is on October 19.
"We have given the LCCs 2-3 weeks to decide on the shifting of flights. They can decide if someone will move operations completely to T2, or shift on a pro rata basis. This means if a budget carrier has 20% slots at T1, then it can move 20% of its flights to T2 if destination-specific flights shift there. Airlines have been asked what is operationally best for them as well as passengers," said source privy to the decisions taken at the meeting called by aviation minister Jayant Sinha.
If the airlines fail to come to a decision in three weeks, then the ministry in consultation with the airport operator will take the final call. The decision to move to T2 was taken after Sinha was told that the three-runway IGI airport will be able to increase its hourly flight handling capacity from the current 67 (62 schedule and five VVIP, defence or charters) to 73 by winter.
12/06/17 Saurabh Sinha/Thae Times Of India