Thursday, July 05, 2018

Delayed flights? Errant airlines could be in for a shock

New Delhi: Airlines could lose their precious landing and take-off slots at an airport if they do not operate their flights on time, according to a senior government official.

As part of this exercise, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will be monitoring the on-time performance of various airlines for the month of July. On the basis of the data collected, airlines could lose their slots when the aviation watchdog prepares the winter schedule, which spans the last Sunday of October to the last Saturday of March.

“If a particular flight of an airline does not adhere to the time slot for departure and arrival at an airport more than 15%-20% of the times, the airline could lose that particular slot. A final decision on the matter is yet to be taken and we are currently consulting with various stakeholders on the issue,” said a senior official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
04/07/18 Jagriti Chandra/The Hindu