Saturday, June 08, 2019

Jet Airways Collapse: India Now Has An Inadequate Number Of International Flights

The collapse of Jet Airways has created many gaps in air service that the market was unprepared to fill. While passenger demand is high, airline capacity isn’t at the right levels for international flights out of India. This has led to a bit of a capacity crunch as India now has an inadequate number of international flights. Mainly, the issue boils down to a lack of widebody aircraft and slow service additions or resumptions.
The New Indian Express reports that airlines have applied for a significant number of international service that was once served by Jet Airways. Many of these are for short-haul routes to high demand cities. The most popular of these routes are to and from the Middle East and Singapore.
Of course, almost every airline in India is itching to add capacity to the Gulf. SpiceJet, with their new codeshare with Emirates, and IndiGo with their Turkish Airlines codeshare are some of the big players itching to add service. IndiGo even wants to fly to points in Europe with A321neo aircraft.
In addition, Reuters reports that other airlines who once partnered with Jet Airways are now itching to add additional partners in this lucrative market. Indian aviation authorities are reluctant and slow to grant additional rights to international carriers. However, domestic carriers are at an advantage. As a result, other airlines are scrambling to find Indian partners. It also doesn’t help that Air India is putting pressure on the Civil Aviation Ministry to avoid granting additional slots to Air India. Sify Finance reports that Air India alleges the foreign carriers are in a stronger competitive position and would be disastrous to Indian airlines.
That being said, foreign airlines have been able to announce new service to India. KLM will increase capacity to India, including putting the 787-10 in service and add a new route between Bangalore and Amsterdam. Virgin Atlantic will commence new service from London to Mumbai. Moreover, Delta will launch service from New York to Mumbai. British Airways is also adding additional flights to India. Meanwhile, Qatar and American are considering additional flights to India.
08/06/19 Jay Singh/Simple Flying

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