Sunday, September 09, 2018

50% of arriving flights to choked airports like IGI are not on time

New Delhi:  It's official now. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has found that at least half the arriving flights to choked Indian airports like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore are not on time. A significant number of these not-on-time flights turning up before their arrival slot at these choked airports when some other flight is supposed to be touching down there then, thereby delaying the latter. Now, the authority has started a month-long trial where no flight, save exceptions, will be allowed to take off for choked airports more than five minutes before their schedule departure time.

"At capacity constrained airports (like) Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, adherence to approved departure and arrival slots is critically important to reduce air traffic congestion. However, recent air traffic analysis shows that at least 50% or more arrivals are not adhering to the allotted arrival slots, thereby, causing cascading air traffic delay, congestion and occasionally diversions," says an order issued by MC Dangi, AAI's executive director (air traffic management), on Friday.

"It was decided that ATC should examine and devise a comprehensive solution to address the issue of early/late arrivals. This SOP is applicable to all airports from where scheduled domestic departures take place to capacity constrained airports Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. The above procedures will be in vogue for a period of one month," it adds. Once an arrival into a choked airport is delayed, the next flights these planes have to operate out of these airports and the other subsequent flights they have to fly on that day - get consequentially delayed.
09/09/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India