Saturday, October 14, 2017

Two more flights lost to low volumes

Calcutta:  Air India Express is withdrawing its flights from Calcutta to Singapore and Dhaka after Diwali in another show of no-confidence on the growth potential of international air traffic to and from the city.

In a circular to travel agents today, the budget airline said it would stop operating flights in both sectors on October 29.

Air India Express currently has a daily flight to Dhaka and flies four days a week to Singapore, airline officials said. Both flights had been launched only 11 months ago.

In the Calcutta-Singapore sector, Air India Express competes with Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary SilkAir. The Calcutta-Dhaka sector is a lot more crowded, with eight airlines currently running daily flights.

Air India Express officials were unavailable to comment on the reason for the pullout. The unofficial buzz is that the decision to withdraw the Dhaka and Singapore flights is part of a "route rationalisation" exercise.

Since Air India flies daily between Calcutta and Dhaka, the viability of a competing low-cost flight run by a subsidiary was reviewed and found to be poor, sources in the airline said.
13/10/17 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph
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