Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Flight to Sharjah: Airport groups fight for relevance

Surat: A fight for relevance is going on between two airport groups ahead of the launch of international flight operations from Surat to Sharjah. The airport groups are involved in a verbal duel ever since the central government designated Surat airport as an authorized immigration check-post through a gazette notification last week.
As soon as the immigration checkpost was approved, ‘We Work For A Working Airport At Surat’ (WWWAS) announced that Air India Express planned to launch a direct flight service between Surat and Sharjah by mid-August.
Two days ago, ‘Surat Airport Action Committee’ (SAAC), the other group, announced that Air India Express will start its Surat-Sharjah service only from September 1. SAAC president Sanjay Ezhawa stated that AI Express has applied for a slot at Surat airport and once it gets approved, the service may begin from September 1. Ezhawa said he had met Air India Express CEO Shyam Sunder and that the airline plans to commence Surat-Sharjah service only from September 1, provided customs and immigration infrastructure was ready and a separate facility is provided for boarding and de-boarding of passengers.
Surat airport sources said Air India Express is looking for morning slot, but the airport remains congested in the morning hours with many flights.
27/06/18 Times of India
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