Saturday, July 07, 2018

Airport buffeted by unexpected turbulence

Visakhapatnam: The restrictions on the movement of commercial flights, proposed to be implemented with effect from November 1 to facilitate dedicated slots for operation of military aircraft, are is sure to retard the growth of Visakhapatnam airport, the only international one in the State.

The enormous increase in the operation of military flying operations as a result of the growing training requirements of the Navy and the recent induction of fighter aircraft has led to the demand for dedicated flying slots for the military aircraft. At the same time, there has been a tremendous growth in the operation of commercial flights in view of the growing demand from passengers.

The Navy had initially planned to have dedicated military slots for five hours a day, five days a week besides two additional hours on two days every week and for runway maintenance on weekends. The Navy scaled it down to three hours, after an uproar from tour and travel operators, air travellers associations, industry and IT against the proposal.
07/07/18 The Hindu