Surat: High-flying Surtis will have to wait for international flight operations to begin from Surat airport despite it being declared a customs notified and authorized immigration check post by Central Government some time ago.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has postponed 24×7 operations of Surat airport from October 28. This is because Surat airport is yet to receive any proposal from airlines for operating international flights between 12.30am to 5am.
Around five airports in the country including Vadodara had applied for 24 hours operations to AAI and Surat became sixth. Sources said Air India Express had envisaged interest in launching direct flight between Surat and Sharjah. However, the airline could not submit a proposal due to time slot issue.
Airport director Sanjay Kumar Panigrahi told TOI, “No proposal has been received from airlines for operating international flights between 0030 to 0500 hours. Hence, 24×7 operations from 28 October have been postponed. Airport will be in operation from 0600 to 2200 hours for domestic flights only.”
At present, Surat airport operates in two shifts from 6am till 10pm. The watch tower closes at 10pm, after which the landing and take-offs of the flights are suspended.
31/10/18 Times of India