Friday, October 29, 2021

Vistara Will Increase Flights By 22% Compared To Winter 2019

India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has approved the winter schedule for 2021. While the total number of flights has dipped a little compared to 2019, Vistara has seen a significant increase among the national players. IndiGo, despite a slight decrease in the numbers, still retains its peak position while SpiceJet’s total flights will be down quite a bit this winter. Let’s find out more.

The winter schedule will begin on October 31st and last until March 26th next year. Based on the submissions by scheduled domestic carriers, the DGCA has approved 22,287 weekly domestic flights this winter.

Compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019, which saw 23,307 flights, this winter season will see the total departures come down by 4.4%. What’s interesting to note is that Vistara and AirAsia India – both Tata-owned airlines – have bucked the trend and increased their departures this year.

Vistara will see the biggest jump among the national carriers with 1,675 departures compared to 1,376 in 2019 – an increase of 21.73%. AirAsia India has also planned more flights this winter – 1,393 compared to 1,345 in 2019 – a jump of 3.57%.

The data released by the DGCA reveals that all other national-level carriers have reduced their winter departures this year. IndiGo, despite seeing a marginal dip of 0.65%, still commands a comfortable lead over other airlines with 10,243 weekly flights.

The soon-to-be-privatized Air India will operate 2,053 flights – 8.92% less than its 2019 schedule of 2,254 flights. Go First will see a tiny dip of 0.78% this winter season with 2,290 departures.

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