Sunday, December 31, 2017

Space crunch: Chennai airport misses new int’l links

Chennai: Chennai airport will lose out on foreign connections, as international carriers are not able to launch flights due to lack of peak-hour slots.
While Korean Air is looking at starting services to capitalise on business connections but is yet to apply for slots, Garuda Indonesia will start operations from Mumbai, which contributes 30% of Indians visting Bali, comapred to Chennai's 20%.
Garuda Indonesia will start Mumbai-Bali service on March 12, while Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways has sought slots for Mumbai-Kuwait flights. The airline recently started flights from Hyderabad. VietJet will start services from Delhi to Ho Chi Minh City next year. However, Chennai is yet to receive new applications.
A senior official of Airports Authority of India (AAI) said, "We do not have slots for peak hour, but we can accommodate the airlines. However, they have not applied to us yet." Peak hour slots are full in Chennai and adding more flights may delay turnaround time of planes.
30/12/17 Times of India