Thursday, December 06, 2018

Surat’s wait for international flight service gets longer

Surat: The Diamond City’s wait for international flight services will get longer as Air India Express is unable to commence its Surat-Sharjah flight due to non-availability of the morning slot.
The Air India Express has stated that it currently operates its schedule with one aircraft short and therefore it would be difficult to mount international operations to Surat. Additionally, the timings offered by Airports Authority of India (AAI) for international operations is found to be commercially non-viable.

The AAI postponed the 24x7 operation of Surat airport beginning October 28. Reason: the Surat airport is yet to receive any proposal from the airlines for operating international flight between 12.30 am to 5 am.

Around five airports in the country, including Vadodara airport, had applied for 24 hours operations to AAI and that Surat was the sixth airport to facilitate the smooth operations of international flights in July 2018.

06/12/18 Times of India