Domestic airlines to operate 14,869 flights per week in summer schedule
The summer schedule, witnesses the domestic airlines industry operating 14,869 flights every week, an increase of nearly 19 per cent compared to the last year. The number of departures per week in the summer schedule during 2015 stood at 12,533 flights. The summer schedule extends from the last Sunday of March to the last Saturday of October.
However, this time around, the scheduled airlines would operate from 77 airports compared to 81 previously.
The carriers would not be flying from four airports — Nanded (Maharashtra), Mysore (Karnataka), Bhavnagar and Porbandar (in Gujarat).
A senior official at aviation regulator DGCA said, “14,869 departure flights are to be operated every week by the local carriers during this year’s summer schedule.” The substantial increase in flights is mainly on account of airlines enhancing their capacities and such a rise during summer schedule has never been seen before, he noted. The summer schedule of Air India, Alliance Air, Jet Airways, JetLite, Indigo, SpiceJet, GoAir, AirAsia, Vistara, Air Costa, Air Pegasus and Trujet have been approved. India’s domestic air passenger traffic grew by a whopping 20.2 per cent in 2015 over the previous year, helped by higher economic growth and increase in number of flights across domestic airlines network, according to the global airlines body IATA. However the passenger growth at 14.5 per cent was slowest this year.
The highest growth was witnessed in July when passengers flown increased 29 per cent. The second largest lowcost carrier Spicejet operates 293 daily flights to 40 destinations, 34 domestic and six international with its 26 Boeing 737NGs and two Airbus A320s along with 14 Bombardier Q-400s planes.
IndiGo would operate 5,323 flights, the maximum for a single airline, during the latest summer schedule, compared to 4,291 last year.
Jet Airways would have 3,100 flights, SpiceJet (1,934), GoAir (1,011), AirAsia (280) and Alliance Air (234).
Vistara would be operating as many as 334 flights in the current summer schedule compared to 176 last year.
However, there is a decline in the number of flights to be operated during this year’s summer schedule by Air India and Air Costa. While the national carrier would operate 1,692 flights compared with 1,718 last year, Air Costa has reduced the total flights to 210 from 248 in the year-ago period. Many airlines, including IndiGo and Air India, are expanding their fleet to tap the growing demand.