IndiGo goes to court against DIAL’s order
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.