Sunday, July 15, 2018

Peak hour flights may get costlier

New Delhi: The government is mulling over a proposal to impose a surcharge on airlines for operating flights during peak hours to enhance airport capacity and to avoid flight delays, according to Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra.

Currently, landing fees paid by airlines are determined by the weight of an aircraft and do not vary according to the time of the day.

“We should not allow congestion to happen during peak hours. There is a large window of non-peak hours that we are persuading airlines to consider. In fact, we are considering whether we can introduce charges for flight operations during peak hours. A concept note is being prepared and global models are being studied. We want to encourage use of non-peak hours. This is right now at a proposal stage and a final decision is yet to be taken,” Mr. Mohapatra told The Hindu in an interview.
16/07/18 Jagriti Chandra/The Hindu