Govt bars new flights at Delhi, Mumbai airports on congestion

Govt bars new flights at Delhi, Mumbai airports on congestion
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First Published: Tue, Mar 20 2007. 02 02 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Mar 20 2007. 02 02 PM IST
By Santanu Choudhury, Bloomberg
New Delhi: The government won’t allow new flights at New Delhi and Mumbai in a bid to ease congestion at the country’s busiest airports.
“Airlines won’t be allowed to introduce new flights in the summer schedule, which starts from last Sunday of this month until September,” Maushumi Chakravarty, spokeswoman of the civil aviation ministry, said in a phone interview today. She didn’t say how many domestic flights operate out of the two airports each day.
The decision was taken at a meeting between Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Chawla and representatives of local airlines in New Delhi yesterday, Chakravarty said.
The start of new airlines and expansion by existing operators have increased congestion at India’s airports. Seven carriers, including four low-fare operators, started flights in the past four years and five have sought approval. While the commercial airline fleet has doubled in the past three years, airports haven’t increased their capacity, causing delays and wasted fuel burn during peak hours.
India won’t permit airlines to start new flights during peak hours at New Delhi and Mumbai, a business paper reported today, citing unidentified aviation ministry officials. The move is part of efforts to reduce congestion at the airports, the newspaper said.
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