Friday, October 27, 2017

Infrastructure crunch to hit India's airports this winter: Report

Only Chennai, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) are capable of handling four extra flights on the runway this winter, according to an official report accessed by the Times of India.

The report was the minutes of the meeting between airlines and aviation officials to set the winter schedule for flights this year. Metro city airports will not be able to handle extra flights due to runway congestion.

According to the minutes, the authorities have approved 18,860 weekly domestic flights from 90 airports this winter. This is 9.8 percent higher than what was approved for this summer.

The increase is owing to clearances for regional flights from previously less-accessed small airports.
Airlines, however, are unable to operate on all the approved slots due to either grounding large numbers of Airbus A-320 new engine options (NEO) or due to engine troubles which have led to flight cancellations.

Airport operators warned the airlines for not making use of the slots given to them. According to the report accessed by the newsgroup, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has "proposed financial penalty for slot misuse by airlines."
26/10/17 Moneycontrol