Tuesday, January 28, 2020

IAF not ready to give extra daytime slots to civic flights at airport: Girish Bapat

Pune: MP Girish Bapat, the chairman of the Lohegaon airport advisory panel, on Monday said the frequency of flights had reduced at the facility as the Indian Air Force was not ready to provide additional daytime slots for civil flight movements.

"It is a cause of concern and once the budget session of the Parliament is over, I plan to hold a meeting with the airlines to find out reasons for flight frequency getting affected. The daytime slot issue can be the reason as it affects profitability of airlines on some routes. We had urged IAF (Indian Air Force) to provide 10 additional daytime slots but there is no reply until now, which indicates that they might not be ready to provide them," Bapat told TOI.

A source said the total flight movements at the airport had decreased from around 200 earlier to 175 at present. One silver lining is that three airlines - IndiGo, GoAir and AirAsia will begin new daytime and direct flights to Prayagraj, Hyderabad and Bengaluru in the next two months. The source said an airline's proposal to start flights to Indore and Varanasi were not approved because of the slot issue.
28/01/20 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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