Monday, October 23, 2017

IGI airport's terminal shift plan deferred to January 4

New Delhi: In a major relief to domestic flyers of IndiGo and SpiceJet to and from Delhi, the plan to shift one-third of these two airlines' flights from Terminal 1 to T2 from October 29 has now been deferred to January 4. Now, all GoAir flights will operate from IGI Airport's T2 from Sunday, while all domestic operations of IndiGo and SpiceJet will continue from T1 for now.
IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh has been constantly pointing out that partial shifting of domestic flights will lead to a lot of problems for flyers as many will turn up at the wrong terminal and will then have to rush to the other one to catch their flights. In a bid to ensure passengers don't suffer, aviation secretary R N Choubey asked airport operator DIAL to postpone shifting for some time and find a solution.
"Attempts to find a solution acceptable to the airlines and the airport are on," Choubey told TOI.
The idea is to avoid partial shifting of domestic flights of any airline between two terminals in Delhi. The aviation ministry is working on that with IndiGo, SpiceJet and DIAL and is trying to find a solution.
"We, in the interest of passengers, give IndiGo more time to shift operations to T2... from January 4, 2018, the flights of IndiGo operating to and from Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru shall be from T2 only," Pradeep Panicker, DIAL's chief commercial officer, wrote to Ghosh on Saturday.
23/10/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India