IndiGo challenges HC order upholding DIAL decision to shift to IGI’s T-2
IndiGo has challenged the Delhi high court ruling that there was no illegality in the decision of the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) to partially shift operations from T-1 to T-2 of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.business Updated: Jan 10, 2018 21:14 IST
No-frill airline IndiGo moved the Delhi High Court on Wednesday against its single judge’s order upholding the decision of IGI airport operator DIAL to partially shift its operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2.
Interglobe Aviation Ltd, which operates the airline, mentioned the appeal before a bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar which listed it for hearing on January 15.
The airline has challenged the single judge’s December 20, 2017 ruling that there was no illegality in the decision of the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) to partially shift operations of IndiGo, along with that of SpiceJet and GoAir, from Terminal-1 (T-1) to Terminal-2 (T-2) of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here.
DIAL on October 21 last year had asked the three airlines to shift their flights to and from Delhi to Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru, to T-2 from January 4, 2018.
All other flights of the airlines shall continue to operate from T-1, the airport operator had said.
While upholding DIAL’s decision, the single judge had given the airlines time till February 15 to partially shift their operations.
In its appeal, Indigo has claimed that DIAL had not appropriately considered the inconvenience which would be caused to passengers while arriving at its decision.
The airline has also contended that DIAL had not taken into account its proposal to shift the other two airlines to T-2 and to let it remain in T-1.
In the proceedings before the single judge, the airline had challenged DIAL’s decision on the ground that partial shifting of its operations would inconvenience passengers, especially those on hopping flights emanating or ending at those sectors, as T-1 and T-2 are not connected.
Defending its decision, DIAL had said that T-1 had already exceeded its capacity and if airline operations were not shifted partially, it would lead to overcrowding.