Sunday, June 03, 2018

Flights’ delay, wait in plane bug flyers

Pune: Chaos prevailed at the city airport from late Friday night to Saturday early morning for inordinate delay of two flights because of runway closure in Ahmedabad, while the passengers of another aircraft had to wait in the plane for 30 minutes after touchdown.
The flyers of a SpiceJet flight from Delhi had to remain seated in the plane for over half-an-hour late on Friday night because of alleged unavailability of bay. A passenger, Siddharth Mehta, wrote on Twitter, “It’s been 30 minutes we have landed at Pune airport and we are not being let off the plane. Get your issues sorted once and for all.”
He also wrote that the flight from Delhi was delayed by three hours. But he did not mention the flight number.
SpiceJet, in reply to the passenger on Twitter, wrote, “We always try our best to maintain the departure time as per the schedule. However, at times, due to unavoidable reasons, we face delay.”
Aviation expert Dhairyashil Vandekar said, “People have to sit in the flight after landing because of less number of parking bays at the airport. At that point in time, all the bays must have been occupied. I have said that the growth of Pune airport has not been a controlled one. Hence, these issues will keep on cropping up.”
Cut to the passengers’ long wait for boarding flights at the airport. A GoAir flight set to take off from Pune to Chennai at 11.05pm on Friday took off at 5.05am on Saturday. The flight came to Pune from Ahmedabad around 3.26am instead of 9.20pm.
03/06/18 Joy Sengupta/Times of India