Saturday, October 28, 2017

Shift by January 4 or no more extra flights, DIAL tells IndiGo & SpiceJet

New Delhi: DIAL has warned that IndiGo and SpiceJet wouldn't be allowed to add any more domestic flights unless they decide on shifting from Terminal 1 to 2.
CEO I P Rao said T1 was built to handle 2 crore passengers per annum but saw 2.4 crores between April 2016 and March this year. This fiscal, the figure is expected to rise to 2.6 crores.
"DIAL spent Rs 100 crore and made T2 ready for operations in January this year. We will spend Rs 65-70 crore annually on its maintenance. From Saturday, GoAir will shift here fully. IndiGo and SpiceJet must decide fast as we need to decongest T1 and begin its expansion work," Rao said.
He said a couple of months' delay in the expansion work could be factored in without letting the same to push the completion date. But a longer delay would be a problem. IndiGo and SpiceJet have been told to shift their flights to and from Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata to T2 by January 4. "We expect to have the fourth runway by 2020; complete expansion work of T1 by mid-2021; and then demolish T2 to make way for a brand new T4 by 2026," Rao said.
28/10/17 Times of India