Airlines pleading with Mumbai airport to allow more domestic flights

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Indians may be flying like never before but the infrastructure crunch at metro airports is limiting their choice of flights. “The minutes quote Debashis Saha of SpiceJet saying: “There has been no increase in runway capacity at major airports. Delhi remains a major concern with just 62 movements an hour and both AAI and DIAL (Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd) have indicated no new slots at Delhi Airport between 7am and 10pm. Mumbai continues to remain capacitated and Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru are also capacitated in peak hours.

There is a real capacity constraint in Mumbai to procure slots, MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd ) should look into allowing domestic airlines on regular basis to operate late night flights. So much so that airlines have ordered hundreds of planes but no one knows where they will be parked. The Delhi airport’s representative said at the meeting that “no new flights are being accepted from 7am to 10pm as Delhi airport is full during that period”.

Delhi is the only airport in India that has three runways but due to airside infrastructure crunch, the hourly aircraft movement remains way below potential. The minutes say that while the maximum hourly capacity of IGI Airport ‘s three runways is 75 aircraft (70 schedule and 5 non-schedule), the “practical hourly capacity to be considered for allocation of slots” is much less at 67 (62 schedule and 5 non-schedule). A reduction of eight schedule flights means 192 fewer flights a day.  Read More…


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