Thursday, September 02, 2021

Delhi flight to remain suspended till October-end

Ludhiana: You will not be able to travel to Delhi by air for two more months, as the lone flight will continue to remain suspended till October-end. The flight had last operated on April 9.

An Air India official said, “We have got information from the higher authorities that Ludhiana-Delhi flight will remain suspended till October 31. Less load (of passengers) and technical reasons, besides Covid-related issues, are the reasons for the continued suspension of the flight. We don’t know whether the flight will operate or remain suspended after that. Fewer number of 72 ATR planes for multiple destinations may also be a reason for its suspension.”

“There is another problem—as per the new Directorate General Civil Aviation guidelines, there should be 5,000 metre visibility for the landing of a flight, which is hard to find at Sahnewal airport in the morning and evening hours. The meteorological department had said this kind of visibility is normally between noon and 3pm at Sahnewal. Earlier, there was a requirement of 1,500 metre visibility,” an airport official said.

Air India officials said they were receiving a few queries on resumption of the flight.

Residents, especially the business community, are anxiously waiting for the flight to resume.

02/09/21 Shariq Majeed/Times of India

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