Wild boar hits Indigo flight during take-off, Airline issues statement

IndiGo on Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court against Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) direction to shift its operations from Terminal-1 to Terminal-2 of the airport.

The petitioners are IndiGo and one its shareholders Enakshi Jha.

The respondents to the petition are the ministry, DIAL, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), as per the statement.

IndiGo officials said the pilots saw the boar straying on to the runway but could not abort the take-off at that stage, The Times of India reported.

Earlier in the day, AAI - the Lucknow airport operator - in a statement said that as per investigation, the incident happened due to "gross negligence of IndiGo staff as he chose the wrong path on the tarmac and mishandled the passenger". Ltd decision relating to shifting a part of the airline's operations to a new terminal.

Earlier, the deadline for three low-priced carriers - IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet which now operate from T1D - to shift some of their flight operations to T2 was October-end. Go Air has already agreed to shift its entire operations to T2.

IndiGo's tussle with DIAL has been going on since August.

"We are still working out a common ground. otherwise the matter is in court".

T1 handled 24 million passengers in 2016-17 whereas its rated capacity is 20 million passengers per annum.

The departure terminal T1D would be merged with arrival terminal T1C and then expanded to accommodate 40 million passengers per year.

On October 27, DIAL had said that it has given budget carriers SpiceJet and IndiGo a little more than two months' time to shift some of their flight operations to T2 from T1. The runway of the airport is about 3km.O Naresh Kumar, vice-president of AP Air Travellers Association (APATA), said he visited the airport on Monday evening soon after hearing about the incident.

Vanessa Coleman

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