Chennai airport to benefit from resumption of services by Jet Airways

With Jet Airways likely to restart its flight services, Chennai Airport could benefit a lot.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials said there would be an increase in aircraft movements and passenger traffic.

Jet Airways plans to relaunch its services in September as it has obtained permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) for the same. The airline is in the process of recruiting staff.

“Usually, at least a week before the start of operations, the airlines send the flight schedule to the airport. We have not yet received it for Chennai Airport from Jet Airways. We hope to receive it soon. When the airline restarts operations, we expect the number of flights and the number of passengers traveling to and from the airport to increase by at least 15-20%,” an official said.

Officials said when Jet Airways ceased operations in 2019, its slots in Chennai went unused for some time. Later, other airlines obtained these slots. “But a few of those slots still remain at the airport and are vacant. He can bring them back. In any case, AAI headquarters in Delhi will decide on the number of slots and inform the airport,” another official said.

Initially, officials expect the airline to operate from Chennai to other major metropolitan cities after which it may expand its services.

Chennai Airport is recovering from the drop in traffic during the pandemic. At present, there are nearly 330-350 flights per day with a daily attendance of 45,000-50,000 at the airport.

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