Tuesday, October 17, 2017

IndiGo seeks government intervention on stalemate over Delhi airport terminal issue

IndiGo today sought the ministry of civil aviation’s intervention in the issue of Delhi airport operator DIAL asking the low-cost carrier to shift one-third of its operations from terminal 1 to terminal 2, calling the directive “arbitrary, illegal and mala fide”.
In a letter written to the ministry as well as the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), IndiGo has also demanded that DIAL “reconsider and withdraw” its order asking the airlines to shift some of their flights to terminal 2 (T-2).
The ministry had written to the airlines in June, asking them to arrive at an amicable solution over relocating of flights, failing which it said that the airport operator was authorised to take a decision which would be “binding” on them.
The letter from IndiGo follows the order from DIAL asking GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet to shift one-third of their operations. GoAir, however, recently announced that it was moving its entire operations to the new terminal.
“The unilateral decision by DIAL to allow one airline (GoAir) to shift its entire operations from terminal 1 to terminal 2, while at the same time directing two other airlines (SpiceJet and IndiGo) to relocate in part…is arbitrary, illegal and mala fide,” wrote IndiGo President and Whole Time Director, Aditya Ghosh, in the letter addressed to Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey and DIAL CEO I Prabhakara Rao.
He said that the move results in “hostile discrimination” and causes “prejudice” and inconvenience to passengers travelling from certain airlines.
17/10/17 PTI/Indian Express
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