- Delhi Airport will not allow additional smaller planes from winter of 2007-08, these aircraft include ATR's, Bombardiers, Embraers & Sukhoi Superjet 100.
- DIAL's decision maight be followed by GVK grp-controlled Mumbai Airport (MIAL).
- Small aircraft movements (landings & take-offs) account for 10% of the 650 aircraft movements a day. the industry estimates that with thee regional airlines policy, at least 150 movements of small aircrafts will b added in the nxt 12 months.
- The Govt.'s policy to encourage connectivity, most of these aircraft (below, 40,000 kg) do not pay landing charges to the airports. this move is expected to act as a dampener for the Govt. recently announced policy to encourage regional ailrines.
- DIAL is also considering a move to impose landign charges on smaller planes currently landing in Delhi, though nothing has been finalised.
- Its said that the higher runway occupancy time of Bombardiers & ATR's reduce the movement of heavy aircraft, which provide the main chunk of airport revenues.
- Small aircraft lacked the category III equipment landing in a fog, which would result in delays & inconvenience to passengers.
- DIAL may consider permitting smaller aircraft once new runway is commissioned in 2008. The ban of smaller aircraft will impact the growth of regional airlines, which will primarily b using ATR's & Bombardiers. (for complete story plz...click on the title of the news)
I personally feel that this is a ploy against the development of regional airlines. may be any of the big or established airline is ploying hard to hinder the progress of regionnal airlines.
A few of the points that clicked me are-
- how come this move is taken only after the announcement for new policy for regional airlines.
- why this move is to be implemented in the winter season of 2007-08 at not right from now.
- how come a small aircraft like ATR or Bombardier takes much longer time on the runway, whereas, they need shorter runway to takeoff.
- also, the new aircrafts always have new avionics(all equipments used by pilots while flyin an aircraft...) installed in them, so how come they dont have the so called "cat-III" equipment, where as all the delays in fog are caused by bigger aircrafts which are older & the cost of implementing these equipments is much higher.
- when, the Govt, has announced that it will gv concessions in landing charges, how come DIAL announcing that it may charge the landing charges.
- to b on safer side DIAL says that it may allow smaller aircraft, when the new runway is ready, which I feel that is not likely to be completed on time.
these are a few questions which put creates a lot of confusion...some of the Delhi & NCR based airlines are-
- Indigo Airlines
- Indian (now, Air India)
- Jagson Airlines
- MDLR Airlines...