Friday, October 06, 2017

Delhi airport slot woes to hit Air Odisha, Air Deccan plans

New Delhi: Air Odisha and Air Deccan's plans to start flights from the national capital are facing rough weather as Delhi airport operator DIAL is unwilling to offer requisite slots for landing and take off, industry sources said.
The two new operators -- which won bids to operate flights under the government's ambitious regional connectivity scheme -- have sought permission for at least 16 movements of their planes from the Delhi airport.
A take off or landing is considered as one movement.
According to sources, DIAL is willing to give only two slots -- one early morning arrival and one late evening departure -- each to Air Deccan and Air Odisha, in the forthcoming winter schedule.
DIAL (Delhi International Airport Ltd) is the joint venture company that operates the country's busiest aerodrome.
With the airport operator willing to provide only two slots whereas the airlines' requirement is for 16 slots each, their proposed flight services from the national capital would be impacted, sources said.
"DIAL has expressed its inability to provide required slots to both Air Deccan and Air Odisha, citing their shortage. They have offered two movements per day to each carrier, which will put their proposed winter schedule into a tailspin," one of the sources said.
Winter schedule is from the last Sunday of October to last Sunday of March.
DIAL made its position clear at a meeting of the slot allocation committee of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) here, which was convened at the direction of the civil aviation ministry, they added.
06/10/17 PTI/Times of India
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