The Delhi HC order came on IndiGo and SpiceJet’s plea challenging its order upholding Delhi airport’s decision to partially shift the operations of private carriers IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet from T-1 to T-2 at the airport. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
The Delhi HC order came on IndiGo and SpiceJet’s plea challenging its order upholding Delhi airport’s decision to partially shift the operations of private carriers IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet from T-1 to T-2 at the airport. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

HC upholds Delhi airport order on IndiGo, SpiceJet to shift operations from T-1 to T-2

The Delhi high court, however, has directed IndiGo and SpiceJet to approach Delhi airport within one week regarding shifting from T-1 to T-2

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Tuesday said IndiGo and SpiceJet must shift a third of their flights at Delhi’s T-1 terminal to T-2, as directed by Delhi International Airport Pvt. Ltd’s (DIAL).

A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Rekha Palli upheld a 20 December single judge order to this effect, rejecting an appeal by the two airlines. The airlines had complained that such a move would disrupt its operations.

The bench, however, gave one last opportunity to the two airlines to suggest any other sector that they were willing to re-locate, in place of the three prime sectors of Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru shortlisted by DIAL.

“We grant a last opportunity of one week to IndiGo and SpiceJet to approach DIAL to suggest other sectors that they would be ready and willing to shift from T-1 to T-2, as long as they collectively meet the yardstick of one-third passenger traffic volumes of their operations at T-1. In the event such a request is received by DIAL within the stipulated timeline, the same shall be considered and a decision taken under written intimation to both the airlines within one week from the date of receipt", the judgment reads.

In case no such proposal is made, DIAL shall fix a deadline for shifting one-third of the flight operations of these airlines from T-1 to T-2, under written intimation to them.

IndiGo and SpiceJet had argued that the single judge erred in taking into consideration a projection of traffic at T-1 for the year 2016-17 and interest of the public.

DIAL had, through a series of communications in September and October last year, directed IndiGo to operate its flights, to and from Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru from 4 January, 2018 from Terminal-2. DIAL had issued the direction as a ‘temporary measure’ to renovate and expand the capacity at T-1.

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