Friday, September 15, 2017

Mumbai airport fails to offer vacant slots

No vacant slot under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) at the Mumbai airport has delayed the launch of the Mumbai-Kolhapur flights by Air Deccan and Maharashtra government will soon take up the issue with the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

State Revenue Minister Chandrakantdada Patil had convened a meeting of top officials in Mantralaya to review the progress in starting services from Mumbai to Kolhapur. The meeting was attended by Kolhapur MP Dhananjay Mahadik, Principal Secretary, Excise and Civil Aviation Valsa Nair Singh, GVK’s Head, Aero Marketing Raveen Pinto, Air Deccan’s Jigar Thaleshwar and Airport Authority of India officials.
When contacted, Valsa Nair Singh said Mumbai airport was allocated eight slots under the UDAN scheme, and all eight are now taken.

“Two slots were allotted for Mumbai-Nanded, and six were allocated to Surat, Kandla and Porbandar. SpiceJet has already commenced operations for the six slots. Therefore, there is no free slot to accommodate the Kolhapur flights. The meeting decided that this issue needs to be raised with the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” she said. Low-cost airline pioneer Capt Gopinath’s Air Deccan has won the bid for Kolhapur and services were expected to commence from September 15.
15/09/17 Satish Nandgaonkar/Mumbai Mirror