When Hovering Time is more than the Flying Time

I was talking to a friend the other day – he took a flight wherein the flying time was 45 minutes and then the aircraft spent 75 minutes hovering over Mumbai before it could land. This is plain stupidity. I can understand congestion happens -with airports like Mumbai, it is a daily affair. (They cannot expand the airport because the land is encroached upon by ‘voters’ who cannot be moved.)

In the US, they let you take the delay on the ground rather than in the air. Air turbine fuel costs a lot of money and there is no reason we should be burning it like this.

While on stupid decisions, here is another one: The toll booths on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link have been so designed that they need two people to collect the money and give the toll receipt. Why can’t we learn from other countries who have done these designs right? I can understand we have a billion people, but surely there are more gainful ways to employ them than, quite literally, passing the buck.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.