Wednesday, July 04, 2018

‘IST’ at airports

It is no laughing matter that the very negative term “Indian Stretchable Time” can also be extended to operations at major airports in the country. An international “on-time performance survey” covering 513 airports revealed that not a single major Indian facility made the top 200. While the country’s busiest ~ the IGIA in the capital ~ notched up the 451st slot, Mumbai’s CSIA was ranked fifth from the bottom.

The IGIA was rated as 70.07 per cent on the punctuality index, Mumbai at 60 per cent: Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bengaluru were also at unimpressive 270, 262 and 246 places. Only the minor facility at Port Blair broke 100 and was listed at the 65th spot ~ but how many flights operate from there every day? Of course there are both alibis and promises aplenty.

The civil aviation ministry cites problems with infrastructure and holds out some hope of improvement when new airports are commissioned in Mumbai and Delhi ~ acquisition of land for the latter has yet to commence. Another explanation was that punctuality was impacted by a chain-reaction, delays in incoming flights threw schedules awry.
04/07/18 Statesman
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