Wednesday, October 17, 2018

High Court asks Air India: Why don’t you shut your services?

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday criticised Air India and observed that it should shut down its services across the country while directing its executive director to remain present in the court on the next date of hearing.

The directions were passed by a division bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli during the hearing of Mohali Industries Association’s public interest litigation on the infrastructure of the Chandigarh International Airport.

The division bench during the previous hearing had asked the Air India to explain the reasoning behind its decision to stop the operations of Chandigarh to Bangkok flight which had been suspended in July ostensibly for the purpose of aircraft’s use during the Haj pilgrimage.

Air India had been directed by the court to file an affidavit of the executive director (operations) containing the information of their flights schedule on various sectors and also the load factor and the profitability of the flights. The airline had also been directed to specify the profitability and load factor of its Chandigarh-Bangkok flight.
During the hearing on Wednesday, the counsel representing the airline on Tuesday informed the court that it had suffered a loss of more than Rs 8 crore in running the flight. In the affidavit, the Air India had mentioned only 65 per cent of the seats on average used to remain occupied in the flight run directly from Chandigarh to Bangkok.
17/10/18 Indian Express

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