Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Jostling for space on ground; planes find parking on runway amid lockdown

New Delhi: As commercial flight services remain suspended, hundreds of planes across the country seem to be jostling for space at airports with some of them even being parked on runways and bays near them, according to industry officials.
With the country under a 21-day lockdown in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, domestic and international flights have been banned till April 14.
Cargo flights and special flights approved by aviation regulator DGCA are operating in the Indian airspace.
The country's commercial fleet of aircraft is around 650 in number and most of them have been grounded.
A few are being used to ferry cargo to and from different parts of the country, and some to operate special flights.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital is the country's largest aerodrome and has 194 parking stands for planes.
This excludes stands available for "general aviation" purpose.
General aviation refers to use of planes for recreation and chartered services, among others.
The airport, operated by DIAL, handled 69.8 million passengers and 1.04 million metric tonne of cargo in 2019.
01/02/20 New Indian Express
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