Indian Airport Seeks Approval for Night Flights

1 September 2010 (Last Updated September 1st, 2010 18:30)

Visakhapatnam airport in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is seeking approval from the Indian Navy to begin international flight operations during the night. The airport, which currently only functions between 8am and 8pm, has been approached by Air Arabia, Fly Dubai and Silk Airways

Visakhapatnam airport in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is seeking approval from the Indian Navy to begin international flight operations during the night.

The airport, which currently only functions between 8am and 8pm, has been approached by Air Arabia, Fly Dubai and Silk Airways for a night slot between 11pm to the early morning.

The navy, which controls the airport through its INS Dega establishment, has imposed restrictions on night operations due to insufficient skilled manpower to operate the facility, according to The Times of India.

Air Arabia seeks to operate its Sharjah-Vizag-Sharjah service from 4.30am and 6am and Fly Dubai Airlines, which plans to run a direct flight to Dubai from Vizag, has asked for a 12am-2pm time slot.

Currently, six new flights are awaiting clearance from the director general of Civil Aviation.