Freeze on flights to check air congestion
For vacationers, finding an air-ticket to Goa this summer could become tougher, reports Sidhartha Roy.business Updated: Apr 21, 2007 01:45 IST
For vacationers, finding an air-ticket to Goa this summer could become tougher. The Ministry of Civil Aviation, among other measures, has decided to cap the number of flights to and from the Delhi and Mumbai airports, in its latest bid to address congestion at the airports.
The ministry on Friday said in a statement that no new flight has been cleared from both the airports during the summer schedule.
Congestion is high at both metro airports, particularly during the peak holiday summer season — which begins by the end of March — when airlines add more flights and sectors, said a senior Indian (Airlines) official.
The number of flights currently operating per day from Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport stands at 670, a Delhi airport source said.
The simultaneous use of both runways at IGI airport has been extended from the existing nine hours by an hour. Besides this, the hourly movement at IGI airport has been frozen at 35 aircraft during dual use of runways, and 30 during single use. At Mumbai airport it has been frozen at 30.
The ministry has instructed Delhi International Airport Ltd and Mumbai International Airport Ltd to accelerate the process of building more rapid exit taxiways. The ministry is exploring the possibility of reducing the distance between aircraft as they prepare to land at IGI airport.