Monday, June 24, 2019

IndiGo gains from Jet’s loss of foreign flyers

New Delhi: IndiGo, which now accounts for one of every two domestic flyers, is also increasing its international capacity rapidly. The rise in its foreign flyers in the January-March quarter (5.2 lakh) was almost the same as the decline seen in the number of Jet Airways’ foreign flyers (5.1 lakh). Air India Express also chipped in with a 19% rise in international flyers.

Jet, which stopped flying on April 17, was having its aircraft repossessed by unpaid lessors since late last year, leading to reduction of flights. While it did have a few flights to Europe and Canada, the majority of its international operations were on single aisle Boeing 737s to neighbouring countries — mainly the Gulf.

IndiGo, AI Express and others added large number of flights to their single aislerange destinations. To be sure, Jet’s disappearance from the skies will be felt in international numbers in April-June and perhaps in July-September quarters. Expansion plans of other Indian airlines like SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir could fill Jet’s void by the year-end.
IndiGo chief commercial officer Willy Boulter said: “We now offer connectivity to over 1,300 city pairs… While we remain focused on building our domestic network, we will also continue to connect international destinations to additional cities in India and also open up new international destinations.”
24/06/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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