Sunday, September 17, 2017

Air India plans to rationalise some routes, says Rajiv Bansal

Copenhagen: Air India plans to rationalise some routes operated by the airline and its subsidiaries, including in the Gulf region, as part of cost saving efforts, according to the airline's chief Rajiv Bansal.
The disinvestment-bound national carrier is discussing the possible routes that can be rationalised starting from the winter schedule next month.
Two of the airline's subsidiaries -- low-cost arm Air India Express and Alliance Air -- have significant operations. Air India Express mainly caters to the Gulf region while Alliance Air operates smaller aircraft for regional flights.
In an interview to onboard the inaugural flight from New Delhi to Copenhagen on Saturday, Bansal said the airline would be rationalising some routes as part of "chipping at costs".
"There are some routes in which Air India and Air India Express are competing. We have to ensure that we don't compete which means that it is not that Air India or Air India Express withdraws but we can work with the timings. Wherever the passenger loads are not justified, either Air India or its subsidiaries can withdraw," he said.
17/09/17 PTI/Economic Times