Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Shirdi airport loses three flights, gains one

Pune: SpiceJet and Air India have withdrawn three flights from Shirdi airport to Jaipur, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. However, a new SpiceJet flight from Shirdi to Hyderabad is expected to start from July 1, a source at the airport told TOI.
“Until early last month, there were 24 flight movements from Shirdi Airport. However, now the total flight movements is down to 18. Three flights were discontinued by the two airlines due to routing issues. A flight from its starting destination to its last destination hops to different centres. There were certain miscalculations on the part of the airlines and they couldn’t continue their service. This had also resulted in a lot of flight delays, particularly last winter,” said an official from Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) Limited.

While Air India has withdrawn its flight from Shirdi to Hyderabad, SpiceJet has withdrawn two of its flights from Shirdi to Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

The Shirdi International Airport was inaugurated in October 2017. President Ram Nath Kovind unveiled it The airport has had an impressive run until now. It is among the fastest growing airports in Maharashtra.

In April this year, a SpiceJet flight from Delhi overshot the runway at the airport leading to runway closure.

The airport had faced a similar situation when an Alliance Air flight from Mumbai had overshot the runway in May last year.

12/06/19 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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