Sunday, December 02, 2018

Jet to cut Gulf flights, add frequency on some other sectors from Delhi & Mumbai

New Delhi: Jet Airways will cancel around 40 flights a week on seven Gulf routes from Wednesday, as it struggles to raise funds and stay afloat. The airline will cut flights to Doha, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Dubai from various domestic cities, including Doha-Kochi; Kozhikode-Thiruvananthapuram; Abu Dhabi-Lucknow; Abu Dhabi-Mangalore; Mangalore-Dubai and Delhi-Muscat.

A Jet Airways spokesperson said the airline "has undertaken a comprehensive review of its network, whereby it will move capacity from uneconomical routes to more profitable ones, to more closely align the capacity offered with the demand characteristics of specific markets. As part of this strategy, Gulf operations are being optimised to focus on connectivity at our hubs in Mumbai and Delhi instead of point-to-point connectivity.
Concentrating capacity over Jet Airways' hubs will enhance frequencies to offer greater choice to guests, while improving our asset utilisation and resource productivity."

"The airline launched its first daily direct service effective December 1 from Pune to Singapore and host enhanced frequencies on Delhi to Bangkok, Doha, Singapore, Kathmandu and Mumbai to Doha, Singapore and Dubai during the winter schedule," he added.

The airline says pulling out of some Gulf routes will not affect its scale of operations. "We also acknowledge the interim inconvenience the above changes may cause to the travel itineraries of our guests. We would like to reassure them that we will take all measures, including proactive communication and re-accommodations, to minimise such inconvenience," the spokesperson said.
02/12/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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