Saturday, November 02, 2019

Six slots remain empty at Lohegaon airport

Pune: Eight slots of Jet Airways, including six at the city airport, are empty at the Airports Authority of India-managed facilities in the state though the winter schedule of airlines started from Sunday.

The closure of Jet Airways, which had 28 slots in Pune, in April impacted the total daily flight movement, bringing it down to 162 from 200.
"A total of 166 slots of the now grounded Jet Airways remains empty at the Airports Authority of India (AAI) airports across the country. In Maharashtra, there are many airports and airstrips that are managed by bodies such as the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited and the AAI. The facilities at Pune and Goa are civil enclaves belonging to defence authorities. They have a stopgap arrangement for civil flights. The winter schedule has some new flights from Pune. But some slots of Jet Airways remain empty," a source told TOI.
Apart from the six slots of Jet, the Pune-Frankfurt slot is yet to be taken up.
While a new flight under the regional connectivity scheme from Pune to Nashik started from Sunday, a private airline also started a flight to Coimbatore. Another airline will be starting a flight to Jodhpur from next month.
02/11/19 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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