Saturday, September 30, 2017

As tourist season begins, airport slot allotment a concern in Goa

Panaji: With the first chartered flight arriving in Goa tomorrow, from Moscow, the tour operators are still wary about the uncertainty on the slot allotment at the state’s lone airport. Heralding a tourism season, a chartered flight from Moscow will be arriving at state’s Dabolim airport early morning carrying around 500 passengers, sources from the Airports Authority of India claimed.
The chartered flight season which begins in October continues till the month of May. “The issue about allotment of slots to chartered flights at Goa airport is yet to be sorted out. The slot has to be allotted by Airports Authority of India (AAI) depending on which, the chartered flight agents can book the trips,” Savio Messiah, President, Tour and Travel Association of Goa (TTAG), told PTI.
He said Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has assured to look into the matter and industry is optimistic that the issue will be solved soon, which is crucial for the good tourist season.
30/09/17 PTI/Indian Express