Friday, October 27, 2017

Limited airport apron area delays late flights

Pune: Several flyers had a tough time in the wee hours of Thursday because the airport's eight parking bays in the apron area were too few to handle the continuous flight movement.
An IndiGo flight from Jaipur could not de-board passengers for almost an hour after landing. A few other planes also had to wait for their turn to disembark passengers. Several outbound flights took off late, too.
Aadi Mahajani, a resident of Pune travelling in the IndiGO flight, expressed his anger on the social media. Addressing the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, he wrote, "Can't even maintain decking of flights! Waiting for getting decked at Pune airport for the past half-an-hour! Pathetic."
Mahajani told TOI, "The flight had landed around 12.10am or may be a bit earlier. But we were told to sit inside the flight at least till 1am. The cabin crew told us that the bays were occupied with other flights."
Another passenger, Mani Raman, said, "Several flights were delayed from the airport because of unavailability of parking space. With the delay, the passenger volume increased in the terminal and there was no place to sit or stand. My flight got delayed by an hour. This, according to me, is lack of management skills on the part of the authorities."
27/10/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India