“The Committee have their apprehension that Gaya living a holy city, locals might be finding it mean or embarrassing on their city being recognized in the international community with the code name ‘GAY’,” a Parliamentary panel had told.
Gaya’s airport code has come under scrutiny just, with a Parliamentary committee on Friday recommending a difference. The Committee on Public Undertakings contends that the help of ‘GAY’ as the code for the holy city is inappropriate. The panel has also proposed an alternate code name like ‘YAG’.
“The Committee has their apprehension that Gaya living a holy city, locals might be seeing it mean or embarrassing on their city being recognized in the international community with the code name ‘GAY’.
Government and Air India
The Committee too find it inappropriate and unsuitable and therefore urge the Government and Air India to satisfy all the requisite consultations and formalities in a time-bound manner to modify the code of Gaya airport from ‘GAY’ to any other suitable code,”, expressed its first statement that was tabled in Parliament in January 2021 and remains uploaded to the Lok Sabha website.
International Air Transport Association
The three-letter airport codes are given to various airports by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In its action report tabled in Parliament on Friday, the Panel had urged the government to “make all effort to take up the issue with the IATA”. As per the Ministry’s step taken to answer, the matter had been directed to IATA by Air India – which is a partner airline.
The code however is unlikely to be changed, with the IATA saying that “the location codes are considered permanent” and a strong reason is required as per its resolutions.
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“Gaya airport IATA code “GAY” has been in use since the operationalization of Gaya airstrip. Hence, without a justifiable reason primarily concerning air safety, IATA has said its inability to change the IATA code of Gaya airport,” the report tabled on Friday counted.
The Committee also lauded the steps of Air India in bringing up the proposal with the international air transport association. At the exact time, the Panel re-emphasized the need for the Government “to create all struggle to take up the matter with the IATA and concerned community as the problem involves inappropriate code naming of an airport of a holy city of our country”.
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