Friday, October 11, 2019

Air India says no new international routes from Chandigarh till disinvestment procedure is over

Chandigarh: More than a year after Air India suspended its direct flight between Chandigarh and Bangkok, the airline on Thursday made it clear that it has no plans to resume services on the route or introduce any new international flights from Chandigarh International Airport, at least till its proposed disinvestment process is complete.

“We had NOTAM issues earlier but that is not there now. The Chandigarh-Bangkok flight was not making the revenue. Chandigarh has high potential but we can revisit Chandigarh only after the completion of the disinvestment process. We will consider new international flights only after that,” said the airline’s General Manager (Commercial) Market Planning, Rambabu Ch, during a press conference in Chandigarh. He added that the process is likely to take place by July-August next year.

Last year, Air India had told the Punjab and Haryana High Court – which is monitoring the upgradation of facilities at the airport in a Public Interest Litigation, that the Chandigarh-Bangkok flight – which was started in December 2017, resulted in a loss of Rs 825.2 lakhs between December 2017 to March 2018 as the seat factor remained at 65.8 per cent. The loss was Rs 879.5 lakh between April 2018 to July 2018 with seat factor of 59.5 per cent, it told the court. The flight had been introduced keeping in view the major factor that there was no competition in the sector and the airline could have monopolised the route.
11/10/19 Indian Express
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