29 September, 2020

S.O.S. Airport

An awful jam in the air and on ground. Keep your seatbelts on.

S.O.S. Airport
Are airports turning into the crowded mess we call railway stations? And is flying no more the leisurely and swift mode of getting to one's destination as airline ads promise? Well, ask any frequent flyer and he will share with you his new fear of flying. It's all about being jostled by the crowds at airports, standing in serpentine queues for security check, flights taking off behind schedule, aircraft holding over airports for anything between 20-40 minutes before landing and, worse of all, missing connecting flights. With the opening up of the civil aviation sector, the number of airlines in operation—including no-frills, low-cost carriers—have gone up substantially. But infrastructure at the airports in the country has not been strengthened to any commensurate degree so as to handle the growing passenger and aircraft load.

Air traffic congestion is worst at Delhi and Mumbai airports. Aircraft after aircraft queued up on the runway awaiting ATC (Air Traffic Control) clearance is the norm rather than the exception. There are as many as...


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