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Better visibility boost to flights

- Airlines to resume suspended services

Skies clearing up with the winter retreating, airlines are gearing up to resume services of their suspended flights from mid-February.

Three Delhi-bound flights — one of Air India and two of IndiGo — suspended over the past two months are likely to fly again within a fortnight.

“We had temporarily suspended the operation of one of our three Delhi-bound flights (AI407/408) under our winter schedule, which would end on February 15. A final decision regarding resuming the flight is yet to be communicated by our headquarters, but the booking for the flight is open from February 16,” said an Air India executive at Patna airport.

According to schedule, AI 407 is supposed to depart from the Delhi airport at 1pm and land here at 2.35pm. After a halt of 40 minutes, the same aircraft with the flight number AI 408 is supposed to take off for Delhi at 3.15pm and reach the national capital at 4.40pm.

An executive of IndiGo said: “There is no official stand as of now on resuming the flights suspended under the winter schedule. But the two Delhi-bound flights (6E 385/233) from the Patna airport might start operating around mid-February.”

IndiGo has already resumed its Mumbai-bound flight (6E 339) from January 27. The flight operating on the Bangalore-Calcutta-Patna-Lucknow-Mumbai route was temporarily suspended from December 11 last year.

GoAir sources said the airline was mulling over resuming the operation of its Delhi-bound flight (G8 342) around February 20. “The winter schedule normally remains in effect till March 31. But considering the repeated requests from passengers and improvement in the visibility, we are thinking of resuming the operation of G8 342 sometime around February 20,” said an executive of GoAir at the city airport.

Jet Airways, meanwhile, has filed an application for its summer schedule with director-general of civil aviation (DGCA). “The airline has already filed an application for the upcoming summer schedule (that starts from April),” said an executive of Jet Airways, which temporarily suspended the operation of its Goa-bound flight (9W 7117/7009) from Patna from the first week of November.

The lone non-scheduled airline — Spirit Air Private Limited that operates in association with Bangalore-based Door to Door Services (DTDS) — is also expected to resume operating its nine-seater aircraft on the Patna-Purnea-Patna route from February 16. “We had earlier planned to resume the operations from February 1 but the airbase at Purnea (Chunapur air force station) asked us to reintroduce the service after February 15,” said Shyamal Chakraborty, manager (sales), DTDS.


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