Saturday, August 26, 2023

Creating parking slots at IGI Airport to hit 1,000 flights

New Delhi: In a bid to create parking slots for VVIP aircraft expected at Delhi airport for the G20 Leaders’ Summit, scheduled airlines may have to cut their flights in and out of Delhi by about 25% from September 8-11, reports Saurabh Sinha. The capacity restrictions, say sources, could see about 1,000 flights being reduced or rescheduled in the four days.

The move has become unavoidable as there was no headway in shifting any of the 52 grounded aircraft of IndiGo and GoFirst from Delhi to nearby airports. In IndiGo’s case, there were no replacement engines given by Pratt & Whitey; in GoFirst’s case, the airline itself is grounded.

Fewer commercial flights in and out of Delhi will mean scheduled airlines will have fewer planes at IGIA.

The decision to cut scheduled flights out of IGI from September 8 to September 11 was conveyed by the aviation ministry to Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) on Friday. The ministry will now discuss with airlines which flights are to be cancelled or rescheduled. TOI had reported this issue on July 31.

Officials say it has been indicated to them that flight cuts may be required on September 8from noon to midnight when dignitaries are expected to fly in, and then in the evening of September 10 after 6pm for 18 hours or so when the dignitaries start flying out. Such a restriction will impact flights across airlines’ networks.

26/08/2023 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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