Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lower fares & more flights for Delhiites next summer

New Delhi: Delhiites will have a much larger choice of flights next summer. That will also mean significantly low airfares. The capital will see 1,515 daily flights in the coming summer — up from 1,400 in the ongoing season, Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar told TOI.
“Last winter, we handled 1,314 daily flights at IGIA — 657 arrivals and 657 departures. In the ongoing winter season, we have a schedule of 1,400 daily flights, including 700 arrivals and 700 departures. Coming summer we will see this number rise to 1,515. So in 1.5 years, we will see daily flight schedule rising by over 200 (15%) from 1,314 to 1,515,” said Jaipuriar.
This summer went awry across airports in India with Jet Airways’ closure.
India’s second busiest airport, Mumbai, handles about 960 flights a day. However, Mumbai’s existing airport has no scope for handling more flights.
A top airline official said: “Delhi airport has been constrained, like almost all other big airports in India, for past few years. But IGIA has scope to grow. The almost 10% increase in flight handling capacity will mean airlines adding flights and the increased capacity will lead to lower fares.”
A senior air traffic controller said the new ATC tower and improved processes will bring in more efficiency in aircraft handling.
An airport has to synchronise its flight handling capacity with terminals’ passenger handling capacity as a mismatch will mean either overcrowded terminals or huge delays in flight movement.
While the bigger Terminal 1 will be ready only by June 2022, DIAL is enhancing capacity at T2 and T3 by adding seating capacity (T2) and a check-in island and installing high-speed hand bag scanners (T3). The increased capacity, along with more flights, is expected to bring some respite to Delhiites from airport logjam.
27/11/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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