IndiGo goes to court against DIAL’s order

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: IndiGo air­lines has chal­lenged Delhi air­port’s di­rec­tive to split its do­mes­tic op­er­a­tions be­tween T1and T2 in Delhi high court. Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port Pvt Ltd (DIAL) had told IndiGo that from Jan­uary 4, 2018, its op­er­a­tions to and from Mum­bai, Kolkata and Bengaluru will be from T2 only.

IndiGo, on the other hand, said that it must be al­lowed to op­er­ate from T1 only. DIAL needs to free up T1to be­gin much-de­layed ex­pan­sion work of the ter­mi­nal.

An IndiGo spokesper­son said, “The air­lines has filed a writ pe­ti­tion (along with an in­terim ap­pli­ca­tion for in­junc­tion/stay) in Delhi high court, chal­leng­ing DIAL’s de­ci­sion to shift a part of our op­er­a­tions from T1 to T2 of IGI air­port …. The writ is likely to come up for hear­ing on Wed­nes­day (Novem­ber 15).”

IndiGo has de­scribed DIAL’s order for par­tial shift­ing its do­mes­tic flights from T1 to T2 as “ar­bi­trary, dis­crim­i­na­tory, il­le­gal and mala fide”.

In its pe­ti­tion, IndiGo has sought re­lief in the form of ‘quash­ing’ of DIAL’s order and “pro­hibit­ing avi­a­tion min­istry and DIAL from dis­crim­i­nat­ing be­tween air­lines and/or di­rect­ing shift­ing in ‘part’ flight op­er­a­tions of IndiGo… Un­til the writ pe­ti­tion and the above re­liefs are ad­ju­di­cated upon, an in­junc­tion/ stay, re­strict­ing DIAL from shift­ing part op­er­a­tions to T2 from Jan­uary 4 should be granted,” the air­line said.

DIAL’s orig­i­nal plan was to shift all do­mes­tic flights of SpiceJet and GoAir to T2 and have T1 as all-IndiGo. How­ever, this plan was not ac­cepted by one air­line which re­fused to shift to T1un­less all the three moved there in parts.

Mean­while, DIAL did not com­ment as the mat­ter is sub ju­dice.

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