IndiGo’s plea dismissed in Delhi HC, asked to shift operations to IGI airport’s T2
As per DIAL’s order, all Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata flights of the three airlines were to shift to T2 by October 28 because the congested Terminal 1 was operating beyond capacity.delhi Updated: Dec 20, 2017 21:54 IST
The Delhi high court on Wednesday upheld a decision by airport operator DIAL to partially shift flights operated by IndiGo, GoAir and Spicejet from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 of the Delhi airport.
As per Delhi International Airport Ltd’s (DIAL) order, all Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata flights of the three airlines were to shift to T2 by October 28 because the congested Terminal 1 was operating beyond capacity.
GoAir shifted its flights to T2 on October 27 but SpiceJet and IndiGo refused to move. After several rounds of discussions, a January 4 deadline was set . IndiGo, however, approached the high court challenging DIAL’s order.
A single-judge bench of Justice AK Chawla on Wednesday rejected IndiGo’s plea but gave the airlines partial relief by extending the deadline to February 15 .
In its petition, IndiGo had argued that the shift would cause inconvenience to passengers, especially those on hopping flights emanating from or ending in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata, because there was no internal connection between T1 and T2.
Both IndiGo and DIAL declined to comment on the court’s verdict, saying they had not received copies of the order yet.
Defending its decision, DIAL had earlier contended that in case of a fire or a terror threat, an overcrowded airport could lead to serious consequences, for which the DIAL alone would be answerable. The airport operator had also said that it had given the airlines enough time for the shift.
T1 has a capacity of around 20 million passengers a year, but it was handling about 24 million passengers before GoAir shifted flights to T2. DIAL needs to reduce the passenger movement to 15 million to start the terminal’s expansion work.
Terminal 2 was renovated to accommodate at least two of the three low-cost airlines operating from T1. It served as Delhi’s international terminal until the airport’s Terminal 3 opened in 2010. Since then, it was used only to handle Haj operations once a year.
T1 and T3 can together handle 62 million passengers per year. About 55.6 million passengers used the terminals in 2016 and the number is likely to cross full capacity in 2017.
(With PTI inputs)
First Published: Dec 20, 2017 21:52 IST