Indian High Court to step in on Delhi Airport dispute

Posted: 7 December 2017 | | 1 comment

Tensions have flared at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi as a request for airlines to move some operations to another terminal meets stiff opposition.


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A conflict between Delhi International Airport’s owners and one of India’s biggest airlines will go before the High Court.

The dispute centres around a request made by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) for IndiGo and other major airlines to move part of their operations from Terminal 1 (T1) to Terminal 2 (T2). An expansion is in the pipeline which will see capacity at T1 leap from 20 million to 40 million. DIAL directed IndiGo and other airlines, including SpiceJet, to move a third of their operations because it would facilitate this expansion. A spokesman for the airport owners told International Airport Review that the airlines’ size “doesn’t permit full shifting”. 

IndiGo, the biggest airline in the nation by market share, has resisted this instruction, claiming it would confuse passengers. Moving part of its operations to T2 would mean that IndiGo operates across the airport’s three terminals with T1 and 2 deploying domestic flights and T3 for international flights. The airline would face other problems working under such conditions, mostly related to cost and practicality.

To fight against the directive, IndiGo has brought its case to the High Court. In a statement published on on Wednesday November 15, spokesman said: “IndiGo has filed a writ petition (along with an interim application for injunction/stay) in the Delhi High Court, challenging DIAL’s decision to shift a part of our operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 of IGI Airport Delhi.

“The writ petition has been filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India to challenge the arbitrary, discriminatory, illegal and mala fide decision by Delhi Airport on the strength of assumed authority given to it by MOCA (ministry of civil aviation) to permit one airline (GoAir) to shift its entire operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 with effect from October 29.”

One response to “Indian High Court to step in on Delhi Airport dispute”

  1. Dhruv says:

    The real reason IndiGo is not shifting to T2 is that their planes will have to move a lot between T1 & T2, resulting in delays to flights, and affecting their revenue. IndiGo’s operations are highly time bound, & as a plane lands, it is readied for the next destination as quickly as possible. This helps keep the cost of operation low as a large number of passengers can be served with a lower number of planes. Along with that, their fleet size is so big that a lot of planes will end up taxiing between T1 & T2, bringing a lot of operational challenges, apart from fuel cost.

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