Tuesday, January 01, 2019

80 charters to fly VVIPs for Vibrant Gujarat Summit

Eighty chartered (special) flights are expected to arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport (SVPI) during the three-day Vibrant Gujarat Summit (VGS) that will begin here on January 18.

The airports authorities have received intimation of accommodating 80 charters which would fly VVIP's and other dignitaries for the summit.

Confirming the number of the flights, highly placed sources at the airport told DNA that the airport will try to accommodate as many as they can. "For the rest, we will seek help from nearby airports like Vadodara, Jaipur, Udaipur."
It is to be noted that SVPI airport, this month, had accommodated six chartered planes as Udaipur airport lacked space for nearly 200 charters that were flown for the pre-wedding celebrations of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal wedding.

The city airport here has 33 parking stands and 19 more will be added in 2019.

"Of the 33 parking stands, 13 are reserved for scheduled flights and the rest for non-scheduled flights. It will be very difficult for the airport to accommodate so many aircraft," sources said.

"City airport has been observing restrictions on runway operations on Sundays, for maintenance purposes. Since the VGS is falling on the weekend, the same will be lifted and the runway would be made operational for smooth functioning," the source further added.
01/01/19 Tanushree Bhatia/DNA

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