Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Add more flights, govt tells airlines as prices soar; Vistara, IndiGo step ahead

Airfares have been on a continuous rise for some time now in the aftermath of 737 Boeing MAX groundings and amid Jet Airways flights cancellation, adding to the woes of travellers. However, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has reportedly requested airlines to bring an “immediate and medium-term plan” to tackle the issue by adding more flights, PTI reported, citing unidentified government officials. The airlines have been requested to add new flights over and above the number approved in the summer schedule, the report added.

Meanwhile, airlines such as IndiGo and Vistara have already raised the number of flights on a temporary basis, sensing the need for additional carrying capacity. While budget carrier IndiGo recently announced that it has added 20 new domestic and three new international flights, Vistara had also said that 14 new flights have been added to cater to the peak summer season.

IndiGo’s 20 new flights are to and from Mumbai to 10 cities namely Vadodara, Patna, Hyderabad, Kochi, Nagpur, Varanasi, Bhopal, Indore, Bengaluru and Chennai. “This is an effort to make it easier for customers to find affordable fares during the busy season,” IndiGo had said in a statement.

Vistara, on the other hand, has added temporary new flights to Mumbai-Bengaluru, Mumbai-Hyderabad and Mumbai-Kolkata routes which will be operational during 16 April-15 July, it had earlier said. Also, Tata, SIA’s Vistara is going to fly Hyderabad-Pune route for the period 7 April-30 April 2019.
09/04/19 Prachi Gupta/Financial Express

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