Tuesday, October 17, 2017

IndiGo asks Delhi airport to reverse order on terminal shifting

New Delhi: Warning of "grave inconvenience to passengers" if Delhi Airport goes ahead with its plan to shift IndiGo's (and SpiceJet's) flights to and from Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata to terminal 2 from October 29, IndiGo on Monday requested the airport operator to withdraw this decision. IndiGo also expressed its inability to shift by the month-end deadline and said it will be able to do so in a "minimum of 120 days" once arriving on a "mutually acceptable plan."
IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh reiterated the airline's stand on Monday in a letter to aviation secretary R N Choubey and Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) CEO I P Rao. While GoAir will shift fully from T1 to T2 from October 29, SpiceJet has made it clear it will shift its flights to and from the three metros only if IndiGo does so. Ghosh has termed DIAL's decision to allow GoAir's complete shifting to T2 while asking IndiGo and SpiceJet to split domestic flights as "illegal and malafide".
"Peak season traffic on our network has commenced from October. IndiGo has a large number of advance bookings until early 2018. (If DIAL goes ahead with shifting) it will result in widespread confusion... to our passengers who already hold confirmed bookings and are under the assumption that their flights will depart from T1... any forceful shifting ... would be ... an arbitrary and illegal act, totally against public interest," Ghosh's letter says.
17/10/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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