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SC Dismisses IndiGo's Plea Challenging High Court's Order To Shift Operations From T1 To T2 Of IGI

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| February 23 , 2018 , 18:02 IST

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice D Y Chandrachud dismissed a plea made by IndiGo to cancel the Delhi High Court order of shifting the airlines' operations from Terminal-1 (T-1) of the IGI Airport here to Terminal 2 (T-2) within 25 days on Friday.

Challenging the order issued by the division bench of the High Court on February 13, the budget carrier approached the apex court on February 19. The decision was earlier taken by a single judge of High Court which was later upheld by a larger bench.

The decision was taken in accordance with Delhi International Airport Ltd's (DIAL) orders of partially shifting IndiGo's operations from T-1 to T-2. Despite not being unreasonable, the decision was taken negatively by the airlines.

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The High Court had turned down the suggestion of IndiGo that T-1 be dedicated exclusively for its use and low-cost carrier SpiceJet be asked to move its entire operations to T-2. The bench had said this suggestion had sprung from IndiGo's own commercial considerations and was not made in the larger public good.

It had said SpiceJet was as much a business rival of IndiGo as GoAir was a competitor of these two private carriers. IndiGo may be on top of the heap if the volume of passenger traffic is seen, but this would not entitle it to claim a monopoly over T-1 to the exclusion of the rest, it had added.

The decision had come on IndiGo's plea challenging its single judge order of December 20 last year, upholding DIAL's October 21, 2017, decision to partially shift the operations of Indigo, GoAir and SpiceJet from T-1 to T-2 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here.