• Budget carriers refuse to shift from Delhi’s Terminal 1D

    The GMR-led Delhi International Airport’s (DIAL) major expansion plan faces a fresh hurdle, as low-cost carriers have opposed the move to shift base from Terminal 1D (T1D) to Terminal 2 (T2), citing operational constraints.

    SpiceJet and GoAir, asked to shift to T2 from T1D, have opposed the move, citing passenger inconvenience. The no-frills carriers feel this will lead to drop in passenger count. While SpiceJet has sent out a missive to the airport consortium, GoAir has verbally communicated its decision to the airport operator. The resistance might lead to delay in DIAL’s expansion plans, given the private airport operator will have to convince the carriers or find a suitable alternative, before going ahead with the development work. At present, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir are based out of T1D.

    DIAL had asked SpiceJet and GoAir to shift operations to T2, for it to be able to carry out construction work and airside development at T1D. In a letter to SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh, the airport operator had said all amenities will be provided to ensure seamless operation of the airline. “With SpiceJet having international operations, the airport operator had assured smooth transit for its passengers,” said a ministry official. But, SpiceJet officials say the airline had written to the airport operator, opposing the move.  Jerry Rice Jersey

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