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Indigo too closes check-in 40 mins before take off

A day after Kingfisher Airlines announced that it will close its check-in counters 40 minutes before departure, IndiGo, too, have asked its passengers to reach the airport 45 minutes before take-off.

delhi Updated: Jul 21, 2010 23:38 IST
HT Correspondent

A day after Kingfisher Airlines announced that it will close its check-in counters 40 minutes before departure, IndiGo, too, have asked its passengers to reach the airport 45 minutes before take-off.

The move comes after a circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation which is responsible for restricting delays and congestions at major airports. At present, airlines close check-in counters 30 minutes before departure.

At Mumbai airport, the Air Traffic Control is pushing the flights to the end of the take-off queue if they miss their departure time. This is the reason why airlines have advanced their check-in time in Mumbai. Other airlines are also meeting airport operators to come to a decision soon.

“All the airports don’t have similar infrastructure. Decision about closing check-in counters at airports such as Delhi will be taken in next few days,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said.

“Though Delhi airport is not as congested as Mumbai, we will take the final decision in the next two days,” said an Air India official who refused to be identified.

Other airlines are expected to follow suit in the coming days.