Sunday, June 04, 2023

Foreign airlines reaped benefits of India's unhealthy domestic airline industry: Air India chief Campbell Wilson

India has, in some respect, not been able to control its own destiny as a consequence of not having a healthy domestic airline industry, according to Air India chief Campbell Wilson.

"As a consequence of not having a healthy domestic airline industry, India has in some respects is not able to control its own destiny. Some foreign airlines coming into India have been the ones that have reaped the benefits of the growing Indian market as opposed to the Indian airlines," Wilson said in an interview to newswire agency PTI.

Terming Go First's insolvency unfortunate, Wilson said that this is not the first time that an airline has failed in the country and "it does I think underscore the industry structure that has prevailed has not been conducive for a healthy, vibrant, profitable industry".

However, the Air India chief said that IndiGo's success and Tata airlines coming together will "hopefully allow for a market that is more sustainable, ideally profitable that will allow airlines to invest in new products, expand network and also lead India to assume its place on the world aviation stage."

Wilson, who is piloting Air India's massive expansion plans in terms of fleet as well as routes, said that Air India is investing USD 70 billion at list price for 470 new aircraft and that is with the explicit purpose of providing more services, especially international connectivity.

As Air India flies to more places non-stop from India and also builds a hub, then hopefully, the airline will catalyse further broader development of the country's aviation industry. "That will be good for all the parties and not just the airline itself," he noted.

04/06/2023 Economic Times

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