Saturday, February 17, 2018

Online slot allocation mechanism for charter flights on cards: AAI

Panaji: International charter flights looking to fly to Goa could have smooth landing next season as the Airports Authority of India is considering an online system for application and allotment of landing and take-off slots. AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said on Friday that the online flight slot allocation system would bring in transparency and time-bound approvals for charter flight operators and airlines.
The move is likely to make life easier for ITP (inclusive tour package) operators. “That is the basic requirement for them,” Mohapatra said.
AAI officials said that currently, requests for flight slots are dealt with through physical applications, and charter operators often complain about slots allotted.
In 2017, even 15 days before the charter season began in October, AAI had yet to finalize allotment of slots for chartered flights at Goa airport.
In the absence of dedicated slots, sources say that international charter flight operators turn apprehensive and are unable to market tickets to passengers in the UK, Russia, and Scandinavian countries.
17/02/18 Times of India