Monday, August 31, 2020

Mumbai airport air traffic to double this week to 200 flights per day

Mumbai: The state government has finally permitted Mumbai airport to double its air traffic from 100 to 200 flights per day from Tuesday.
Airlines might take a few days to add more flights and so the city airport is likely to touch 200 flight movements some time this week. On Monday, in a letter sent to the ministry of civil aviation, the Maharashtra state government conveyed its decision to increase the flight movements at Mumbai airport to 100 arrivals and 100 departures per day from September 1. The ministry had sent a letter to the state government on this on July 10. On August 22, TOI had carried a report saying that the state government is likely to double the flight movements permitted at Mumbai airport by month-end.
When domestic flights were restarted on May 25, the ministry of civil aviation permitted airports to handle one-third flight movements per day. But on the eve of restart of flights, Mumbai airport was put under restrictions from the state government as well, as the city has been battling a high number of COVID-19 cases.
The state government allowed Mumbai airport to handle only 50 flight movements a day, which was then increased to 100 per day -- 50 departures, 50 arrivals -- on June 15. Airlines took a few days to lap up the added slots and the flight movements went up to 100 per day, only after 4-5 days. "This time around though, airlines have been awaiting this development and so the airport might attain 200 flight movements per day faster," said an airline source.
31/08/20 Manju V/Times of India
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