Friday, October 13, 2017

IndiGo offers alternatives to SpiceJet to avoid partial shifting of domestic flights at Delhi airport

New Delhi: IndiGo on Thursday reached out to SpiceJet in a bid to avoid splitting of the domestic flights of these two low cost carriers (LCCs) between Terminal 1 and 2 from October 29 on the directions of Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL). IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh has offered four alternatives to SpiceJet chairman Ajay Singh in a letter which, if accepted by the latter, could help prevent the massive confusion for flyers that splitting of domestic flights between T1 and T2 is likely to cause.
DIAL wants SpiceJet and IndiGo to shift their flights to and from Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata from October 29. IndiGo has even offered that SpiceJet and it shift to T2 in turns, fully. DIAL's plan is to move them back to T1 once its expansion is completed by 2020-21 and then T2 will be demolished to make way for T4.
"I am sure you will agree with me that shifting only a 'part' of either of our operations from T1 to T2 is not in the interest of our customers. The DIAL directive, if it were to be implemented, will not only cause grave inconvenience to our customers but will also impact efficiency, increase costs and be an anti-competitive action against IndiGo as well as SpiceJet (as all other airlines will have their operations from the same terminal in Delhi)," Ghosh's letter to Ajay Singh says.
He then gives various options to the DIAL plan. These include Indigo shifting fully to T2 if DIAL can increase its passenger-handling capacity to match IndiGo's requirement and SpiceJet and GoAir remaining at T1; IndiGo remaining at T1 and SpiceJet and GoAir moving to T2.
12/10/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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