Sunday, May 07, 2017

GoAir plans to remain profitable through capacity expansion

New Delhi: After stunted growth for some time, GoAir, the airline operated by the Wadia group, plans to expand operations.

It will add three A320 neos by the end of August and new frequencies in the ongoing (till end-October) summer schedule. But, no new destinations; it will focus on increasing the capacity in existing markets.

“Currently, the places we fly to represent almost 85 per cent of the domestic market. What we want to do is connect these cities with higher frequencies. That’s what our route planning will mirror in the near future,” Wolfgang-Prock-Scahuer, chief executive officer (CEO), told Business Standard.

With 24 aircraft, it now flies to 23 airports. The airline is adding a first non-stop daily flight on the Kolkata-Pune, third on Bengaluru-Pune and Delhi-Ahmedabad routes. Plus, a fifth daily non-stop flight on the Delhi-Patna one. Delhi-Leh gets an additional, fourth, non-stop daily flight. And, a seventh non-stop flight on the Delhi-Lucknow sector.

Overall, the airline will operate 205 daily flights this summer season, a fifth higher than the previous year.
07/05/17 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard