Tuesday, October 11, 2016

India: Congested Airports to Boost Demand for Bigger Planes

Airplane makers Airbus Group SE and Boeing Co. expect Indian airlines to order larger planes to accommodate more passengers as airports managing busy runways are unable to permit more flights.

With the majority of flights still originating from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata, airports at these metros are running to capacity. As a result, they have limited the number of slots for each airline or stopped allotting fresh slots altogether.

Mumbai International Airport Ltd, which sees 48-52 flights take off or land on a single runway every hour, has stopped giving new slots.

Dinesh Keskar, senior vice-president of sales (Asia-Pacific and India) at Boeing Commercial Airplanes Inc., said that single-aisle planes will continue to serve the majority of the domestic flights. However, as demand increases, "airlines will either have to add frequency (more flights) between city pairs or put larger aircraft on their routes," he said. Airlines have started doing both, he pointed out, adding that they are adding more daily and weekly flights. Air India has announced it will use Boeing 787s on some of its high-capacity routes such as Mumbai-Delhi, Keskar said. Last year, Boeing estimated India will need 260 wide-body airplanes in 2016. It has now revised its forecast upward to 280.
10/10/16 Shally Seth Mohile/Aviation Pros
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