Thursday, September 19, 2019

Around 50% of Jet Airways slots at state-run airports still vacant

Five months after the temporary suspension of operations of Jet Airways, around 50 percent of its slots at state-run airports are still lying vacant, as per the officials aware of the development.

The airline grounded operations for a temporary but indefinite period on April 17 and vacated 346 slots at airports run by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and over 400 at private-run airports, as per the documents reviewed by CNBC-TV18.

Out of the 346 slots vacated by the airline at AAI airports, 174 or 50 percent of the capacity is still to be allocated to other carriers and is lying unutilised.

Chennai, which is the fourth busiest airport in the country as per FY19 figures, has 30 vacant slots. This means that 65 percent of Jet Airways’ capacity at the airport, which stood at 46 slots, is sitting idle.

The issue is serious for non-metro airports like Guwahati and Indore which have a limited number of flight operations and hence, vacant slots to the tune of 10 for former and 16 for the latter are hurting the connectivity to these states as well.

Around eight slots of the airline are also lying unutilised each at Amritsar and Lucknow, as per the information reviewed.
18/09/19 Anu Sharma/CNBC TV18

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