SC dismisses Indigo’s plea against shifting part of its operations from IGI’s T-1 to T-2


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed Indigo’s appeal against shifting of a third of its flights from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport’s terminal 1 (T-1) to terminal 2 (T-2).

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however, set a two-week timeline for Delhi International Airport Pvt. Ltd (DIAL) to work out the particulars of the shifting, after which the airlines would have to complete the shift in 10 days. This gives Indigo a total of 24 days to shift its operations to T-2.

“We are not inclined to interfere,” said CJI Misra.

The court was hearing an appeal by Indigo challenging an order of the Delhi high court directing it to shift a third of its flights at Delhi IGI’s T-1 to T-2, as directed by DIAL.

On 13 February, a bench of justices Hima Kohli and Rekha Palli had upheld a 20 December single-judge order to this effect, rejecting an appeal by the two airlines. The airlines had complained that such a move would disrupt its operations.

IndiGo and SpiceJet had argued that the single judge erred in taking into consideration a projection of traffic at T-1 for the year 2016-17 and the interest of the public.livemint