Tuesday, February 20, 2018

What Kolkata Airport Authorities Have To Face When Mamata Banerjee’s Flight Queues For Landing

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s impatience and propensity to fly off the handle at the slightest provocation have been causing a lot of anguish to officials – both of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and private airlines – at Kolkata airport. Her insistence on the aircraft she is on board being accorded priority in landing and her adverse response in case that demand is not met are affecting air traffic operations.

Banerjee has long been known for her impatience, short temper, and irritability, especially if things don’t run according to her script. Thus, while flying in to Kolkata, she turns irate if the aircraft she is in has to hover over the airport and is not accorded priority in landing. She has been known to vent her ire on airline cabin crew, who are always tense and jittery when the Bengal Chief Minister is on board.

The latest such incident happened a week ago when she was returning from a trip to Darjeeling. The IndiGo flight she was on had to hover over Kolkata city for a few minutes due to congestion in the air space over the airport. The flight landed four minutes after its scheduled time of arrival. This was reason enough for Banerjee to order her pliant police to start a probe against IndiGo and the Kolkata airport authorities!
19/02/18 Jaideep Mazumdar/Swrajya