Thursday, March 21, 2019

Domestic airlines to induct 20-25 planes

New Delhi: Domestic carriers will see planned induction of 20-25 aircraft between now and end April to bridge the shortage of flights on the back of groundings by airlines due to several reasons.
“The aircraft will join either because airlines have ordered aircraft which will be delivered or some will lease them. Besides, the airlines will also try and utilise their aircraft more so that passengers are not inconvenienced,” said Pradeep Singh Kharola, secretary, civil aviation after a meeting with major domestic airlines which had been called to discuss increasing capacity in the domestic market.
About 100 odd aircraft (84 of Jet Airways due to financial stress) and (12 of SpiceJet 737 MAX ) are currently grounded. The airlines have been asked to submit their schedule of planned induction and leasing to the ministry in the next few days.
The meeting had been called due to the crisis that the domestic market is facing due to a variety of factors including the grounding of Jet Airways aircraft, pilot problems with IndiGo and the grounding of the Boeing MAX aircraft that have led to grounding by Jet Airways.
Sources in the government also said that flights with these new planes will be added to destinations that have seen the largest number of cancellations due to the grounding. “While the decision will come from the airlines, they will follow this principle while deciding on flights,” said a senior DGCA official, who did not want to be identified.
21/03/19 Economic Times

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