Friday, September 15, 2017

IndiGo not ready for partial shift

New Delhi: The IGI Airport management's hugely-delayed plan to expand the overcrowded Terminal 1 could get stuck further with IndiGo clearly telling Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) that it is not in favour of shifting one-third of its flights from T1 to T2. Instead, it has offered to completely move its domestic operations to T2 if some modifications are made to this Asiad-era terminal.
DIAL had asked each of IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir to move one-third of their domestic flights from T1 to T2 by October-end. These low-cost carriers (LCC) had to inform DIAL about their shifting plan by August 31.
The original plan was to shift SpiceJet and GoAir to T2 and keep T1 for the 139-plane-strong IndiGo as the other two LCCs' combined fleet is less than half of IndiGo. However, this turned out to be the first in a series of failed plans to decongest T1.
"While the capacity of T2 is below IndiGo's need by 40 lakh passengers per annum... with some terminal modifications for growth, it would provide a far better customer experience than your proposed split operation between T1 and T2. T1's capacity has already been exceeded by 40 lakh passengers per annum (meaning it handles more flyers than its capacity)," IndiGo has written to DIAL CEO I P Rao in a letter dated August 30.
15/09/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India