24 Jan '12, 10pm

Changi rolls out new initiatives to tackle air traffic delays

Changi rolls out new initiatives to tackle air traffic delays

SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) and other carriers operating at Changi Airport are paying a price for the recent delays in departures and arrivals. SIA spokesman Nicholas Ionides confirmed in response to queries from The Straits Times that the airline now carries 20 minutes of extra fuel for certain flights. This is after an alert from the civil aviation regulator that pilots can expect about 15 minutes of delay for flights arriving between certain times of the day. He did not specify the times but peak hours at Changi Airport are typically from about 7am to early afternoon and from about 4pm to past midnight. Mr Ionides did not stipulate the cost of carrying the excess fuel. Industry estimates suggest that, on average, airlines incur more than US$100 (S$130) in operating costs for every minute in flight. This includes the cost of fuel, labour and maintenance, among other things....

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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