Thursday, October 12, 2017

Terminal shift tussle at govt door

New Delhi: The tussle over shifting of one-third domestic flights from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 has now reached the government's doorstep, after Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) and IndiGo failed to arrive at a consensus on the issue.
While DIAL wants IndiGo and SpiceJet to shift their flights to and from Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata to T2 from October 29, IndiGo is opposing saying such a move will lead to confusion and chaos among flyers. IndiGo wants its domestic operations to remain at T1 or be completely shifted to T2.
On Wednesday, DIAL and IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh met aviation secretary R N Choubey separately. "The process (deciding on shifting) is on. We want to find a common ground, otherwise DIAL's decision is there," Choubey said.
After the meeting with Choubey, the airport operator asked IndiGo to decide on the matter in the next four days so that the final call could be taken next Monday. "October 29 is approaching. This is the peak travel season. People are buying advance tickets of SpiceJet and IndiGo (among other airlines). They need to be told which terminal to take to minimise confusion," said an official.
12/10/17 Saurabh SInha/Times of India