Take off within 5 min of clear­ance or go last: DGCA

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NATION - Let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: The na­tional avi­a­tion watch­dog has or­dered that if a flight does not ini­ti­ate take off within five min­utes of air traf­fic con­trol (ATC) clear­ance, it will be moved to the end of the queue and al­lowed to de­part only when a slot is avail­able.

The move is likely to pe­nalise air­lines with poor on-time per­for­mance, en­sure that those with a bet­ter record do not suf­fer and pre­vent a rip­ple ef­fect on op­er­a­tions if a flight is de­layed.

“Ap­proval for push back and start up shall be valid for five min­utes only.

Air­craft not ad­her­ing to push back clear­ance will go back in the se­quence. Sub­se­quent clear­ance will be given based on avail­able slot,” read an or­der is­sued by the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) on Septem­ber 27.

The in­struc­tions have been is­sued to sched­uled air­lines and air­port op­er­a­tors and are meant for “strict com­pli­ance”.

“Air­craft shall com­plete all pre-de­par­ture checks and cabin pro­ce­dures prior to en­ter­ing the run­way and start rolling as soon take-off clear­ance is is­sued by the ATC,” it said. PTI

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