IndiGo has called Delhi International Airport Limited’s directive asking it to partially shift operations from terminal 1 to 2 as “arbitrary and illegal” and sought civil aviation ministry intervention on the issue.
“DIAL has failed to adhere to a fair, transparent and balanced approach in arriving at any decision to safeguard the interest of the public and airlines. The unilateral decision of DIAL to allow one airline (GoAir) while at the same time directing two other airlines (SpiceJet and IndiGo) to relocate in part and split operations by shifting flights to and from certain sectors is arbitrary, illegal and mala fide,” Ghosh said in his letter. Such a decision to split operations selectively constitutes an abuse of authority given by civil aviation ministry to DIAL, Ghosh said.
DIAL did not share any comment on IndiGo’s representation.
DIAL had asked airlines to shift their operations partially from terminal 1 to allow it demolish and reconstruct the building which is functioning beyond its design capacity. The design capacity of the terminal is 20 million passengers a year and is handling 24 million passengers at present.