Friday, October 11, 2019

Indian aviation recovering fast after Jet collapse, number of planes crosses 600 again

New Delhi: Six months after the collapse of Jet Airways due to a lack of funds, India’s civil aviation sector seems to be getting back on its feet. According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the number of aircraft in the country is back up over 600, after having gone down to 530 when Jet’s fleet was grounded.

DGCA chief Arun Kumar said: “The aviation sector has recovered fast after Jet Airways’ closure in April, which was a disaster. From February onward, Jet Airways had started losing its fleet and by April, we were left with only about 530 planes.”
However, according to Kumar, there are now 608 aircraft in the country, and the number is expected to touch at least 640 by December-end.

“We’ve managed to come out of the Jet Airways disaster in less than four months. There are 608 planes in the sky now, and the number is expected to go up this year. We are hoping that it will touch 640 in December,” he said.
According to the DGCA, the transfer of Jet’s planes to airlines such as SpiceJet and Vistara is the primary factor behind the recovery. In fact, almost all airlines except Air India have managed to increase their fleet since April.
SpiceJet added around 40 planes to its fleet since April, while IndiGo added 26 planes between May and October. Vistara added nine aircraft and GoAir added five.
11/10/19 Ifrah Mufti/The Print

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