AI to begin push-back of aircraft 15 minutes before departure

Last Updated: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 22:43

New Delhi: After missing their scheduled
slot following the DGCA guidelines, Air India has decided to
begin the push-back of flights 15 minutes ahead of their
scheduled departure.

"Air India has decided to increase its push-back time as
per the DGCA guidelines," an AI spokesperson said today.

Yesterday, due to strict implementation of DGCA
guidelines by the Air Traffic Control (ATC), many flights were
delayed by 30 minutes to one hour after they failed to begin
push-back of the aircraft 15 minutes before their scheduled
departure.

Earlier, Kingfisher airlines had decided to close their
check-in counter 40 minutes before the departure and set the
door closing time at 15 minutes before the departure.

Push-back is an airport procedure during which an
aircraft is pushed backwards away from an airport gate by
external power. Push-backs are carried out by special vehicles
called push-back tractors or tugs.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 22:43

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