Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Surtis’ dream to fly in foreign airlines may not take off

Surat: The dream of Surtis to fly in foreign airlines from the Surat international airport may not take off.
The ministry of civil aviation has clearly stated that Surat airport is not included as a point of call for international carriers under the bilateral air service agreement (ASA).

In a letter issued to the We Work for Working Airport at Surat (WWWAS), the ministry of civil aviation has stated that the Indian designated carriers are free to operate to the agreed foreign destinations from any point in India including Surat. However, operations by foreign airlines are governed by the ASA and that Surat is not available as the point of call to international carriers.

WWWAS member Sanjay Jain told TOI: “There has to be a level playing field for Surat airport. The ministry should give equal opportunity to all international airports as per their size, GDP, population and other futuristic potentials.”

At present, Air India Express is operating Surat-Sharjah flight thrice a week and that no other Indian airlines are interested in carrying out international operations from the Surat airport.

Another WWWAS member Linesh Shah said, “Surat airport has a great potential, but it is getting step-motherly treatment. There are many small international airports where the foreign airlines operate.”
26/11/19 Times of India
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