DGCA im­poses rules to en­sure timely take offs

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The Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Civil

Avi­a­tion (DGCA) has laid down a pro­ce­dure to mit­i­gate flight de­lays.

In a cir­cu­lar it stated: “Civil Avi­a­tion Re­quire­ment Sec­tion 3, Se­ries C, Part II and VIII stip­u­lates that the op­er­a­tor shall get the flight sched­ules ap­proved by DGCA at least 30 days in ad­vance and op­er­ate ser­vices in ac­cor­dance with the flight sched­ules so ap­proved.”

Should the flight fail to take off within five min­utes of get­ting a green sig­nal from the air traf­fic con­trol for take off, it will be pushed to the back of the queue and wait un­til the next avail­able time slot.

Cur­rently, if the flight sched­uled to take off doesn’t do so on time, it in turn de­lays oth­ers in the queue be­hind it too. With the new or­der, those or­gan­ised for a timely take off as per pro­ce­dures needn’t be in­con­ve­nienced any fur­ther as de­fault­ers will be pushed back end­lessly.

The or­der goes on to state: “Se­quence of de­par­tures shall be de­cided by ATC based on the po­si­tion and readi­ness of air­craft ap­proach­ing the en­try point of the run­way. Air­craft shall com­plete all pre-de­par­ture checks and cabin pro­ce­dures prior to en­ter­ing the run­way and start rolling as soon as take off clear­ance is is­sued by ATC. Air­lines not ad­her­ing to the ap­proved time slots shall be li­able to lose the his­toric­ity in the next sched­ule ex­cept in the case of sched­uled flights sub­jected to flow mea­sures dur­ing the ca­pac­ity con­strained pe­riod.”

A tardy per­for­mance on the run­way will gar­ner a poor track record for the air­lines who may not be taken in pri­or­ity for sought-af­ter slots dur­ing peak hours.

“In case of weather re­lated or emer­gency re­lated de­lays, Watch Su­per­vi­sory Of­fi­cer (WSO) shall be re­spon­si­ble for al­lo­ca­tion of al­ter­nate slots,” DGCA says.

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