Monday, December 25, 2017

Airlines divided over trading of seat kilometres

New Delhi: Federation of Indian Airlines, which represents Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJetBSE 0.88 % and Go-Air, is divided over the issue of allowing trading of available seat kilometres among airlines to fulfil route dispersal guidelines responsibilities that mandates airlines to operate flights on lowdensity routes.

While Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has written to the civil aviation ministry opposing trading of available seat kilometres (ASKMs) — which is a measure of a flight's passenger carrying capacity — SpiceJet has termed the letter invalid because the move does not have consensus of all members, industry insiders said.
If it is allowed, airlines that could not operate enough flights on low-density routes to meet route dispersal guidelines (RDG) mandate can buy ASKMs from an airline that operates more than the required number of flights to remote destinations to meet RDG requirement.
25/12/17 Economic Times