Monday, November 23, 2020

Ludhiana-Delhi flight again rescheduled to afternoon hours


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Ludhiana: More than two months after the lone flight operator had rescheduled the Ludhiana-Delhi flight to morning, fulfilling a long-standing demand of the local business community, it has changed the timing again to the afternoon hours. This has not gone down well with many businessmen as the timing doesn’t suit them.

As per the recent revised schedule that will be effective from December 1 to February 28 next year, the lone Air India flight to the city will take off from Delhi at 2pm and reach Sahnewal airport at 3.15pm. The revised schedule suggests that the flight from Ludhiana will take off at 3.45pm and reach Delhi by 4.55pm.

Earlier, Air India had announced change in timings from afternoon hours to morning hours from September 10 and at that time Air India had said that it was being done on demand from the business community. As per that schedule, the flight will depart from Delhi at 9am to reach Ludhiana at 10.15am and fly back at 10.45am.

Even as the flight timings have been changed as per the latest schedule, the flight will continue to operate on four days a week, which include Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The airport officials said that the flight timings were being changed to afternoon hours as there were cancellations and delays in the flight due to visibility issues because of fog/smog in the ongoing winter. They added that since the flight needs a visibility of 1,500m for landing, so it usually gets cancelled or delayed due to fog/smog, etc. at the airport in the morning hours.

Meanwhile, the data of cancellations and delays from October 20 to November 7 suggests that on four days the flight was cancelled due to bad weather in Ludhiana while on four days it got delayed. The data with TOI suggests that occupancy of the flight continues to be low. Even as the occupancy for arrival flight is between 20-30%, for outgoing flight, it is between 18% to 29% for incoming flights.

23/11/20 Shariq Majeed/Times of India

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