Monday, April 27, 2020

Jaipur airport facilitates chartered flights for emergency needs; DGCA permits movement

Jaipur: With no regular flights, many people in case of emergencies have opted for the chartered flight services to reach Jaipur and to fly to other cities from here.
Apart from smooth operations of the cargo flights, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and its air traffic control also worked to ensure smooth landings and take-off of these chartered flights. At least a dozen people opted for chartered flights to attend to medical emergencies and in other cases. After prior permissions from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Jaipur airport since lockdown has facilitated 12 flights so far.

On Sunday, the Chief Justice of Orissa high court Mohammad Rafiq, who is former acting chief justice of Rajasthan high court, took a chartered flight and flew to Odisha.

“People who are in emergency and need to travel from one city to another need to apply before the DGCA and operators providing chartered planes, too, are doing so. DGCA has been considerate in cases such as medical emergency or in cases where a person’s travel is inevitable,” said Jaideep Singh Balhara, director, Jaipur Airport, on Sunday.

He said earlier a non-resident Indian woman from Switzerland, who came prior to lockdown and got stuck in Jaipur, too, was permitted to fly back to Switzerland.

“We also received Assam police personnel who came to Jaipur while they had to visit Kota to see the arrangements of the students of their state who were to be taken back to Assam,” said a senior officer of air traffic control.
27/04/20 Ashish Mehta/Times of India
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