Saturday, October 13, 2018

Air Italy and Wow face India headwinds

Air Italy and Wow are facing India headwinds. Even before their Indian services are launched both carriers have drastically cut their proposed schedules.

Air Italy (backed by Qatar Airways) was supposed to have launched flights between Milan Malpensa and both Delhi and Mumbai at the end of this month.

The plan was to operate six flights a week to Delhi with five flights a week to Mumbai.

But at short notice Air Italy decided not only to postpone both services until December it will also be (almost) halving flight frequency to three flights a week.
Even before their Indian services are launched both carriers have drastically cut their proposed schedules.

Air Italy (backed by Qatar Airways) was supposed to have launched flights between Milan Malpensa and both Delhi and Mumbai at the end of this month.

The plan was to operate six flights a week to Delhi with five flights a week to Mumbai.

But at short notice Air Italy decided not only to postpone both services until December it will also be (almost) halving flight frequency to three flights a week.
But Wow has decided not to increase flight frequency to five flights a week from January 2019.

According to Wowair.com it will continue to operate three flights a week until summer 2019 at least.

From this we can deduce that both airlines have found the expected passenger numbers were not there.

India is a volume market. The yield (revenue) per seat is low and so airlines must operate at high load factors to generate a profit.
12/10/18  Alex McWhirter/Business Traveller

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