Congestion may force private jets to look for alternative airports

People flying business jets to Bengaluru and Hyderabad may soon be landing at the older airports in those cities as the aviation ministry is looking at a proposal to shift business aircraft movements out of congested airports in big cities.

The proposal was discussed in a meeting convened by aviation secretary RN Choubey last month and Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) has been asked to prepare a list of alternative airports, people familiar with the development said.

“We have been asked to identify alternate airports for general aviation flights in the country,” BAOA managing director RK Bali said. “Not all cities have alternate airports available but some of them have alternate airports, which we are going ..

For example, according to industry insiders, while alternative airports in Mumbai and Delhi may not be immediately available, in Hyderabad and Bengaluru older airports can be used for business Jet operations.

“Begumpet airport in Hyderabad and HAL airport in Bengaluru can be used for business jet operations and will be beneficial for business jet travellers too, as it will save time (being closer to the city),” one of them said. They said business jet operators would look at making pro ..

Industry insiders said the government should look at increasing capacity at smaller airports to ensure that there are enough parking bays at these airports.

“There are various problems with smaller airports across the country,” said Kanika Tekriwal, founder of JetSetGo, an online marketplace for private jets and helicopters.

“While airport in Jabalpur does not have bays to park airplanes, airport in Aurangabad is open only for four hours due to lack of air traffic controllers ..
Capacity at many key airports in the country has reached saturation, making any flight additions by carriers difficult. Allowing airlines to operate flights out of alternate airports will help create some space at these airports.

Tuesday, 26 June, 2018
The Economic Times