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India domestic winter schedule to see 19% fewer services, LCCs expand while network carriers shrink

18-Oct-2012 8:50 AM

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approved (17-Oct-2012) the winter schedules of scheduled domestic airlines effective from 28-Oct-2012. In all, 10,935 departures per week have been approved, down from 13,541 weekly services in 2011, which translates into 1562 daily departures. This means there will be a 19.2% year-on-year reduction in weekly departures in winter 2012. Air connectivity will be available to 73 airports in the winter schedule 2012. Air India, Alliance Air, Jet Airways and JetLite have reduced capacity in domestic market in winter schedule 2012. SpiceJet, Go Air and IndiGo operations will increase due to capacity augmentation. Mantra is a new scheduled regional airline based in Delhi and operating to Punjab and Chandigarh, which commenced operations in Jul-2012. Details include:

  • Air India: 1875 weekly departures in winter 2011, compared to 1850 weekly departures in winter 2012;
  • Alliance Air: 438 in 2011, decreasing to 319 in 2012;
  • Jet Airways: 2905 in 2011, decreasing to 2515 in 2012;
  • JetLite: 875 in 2011, decreasing to 854;
  • Kingfisher Airlines: 2930 in winter 2011, no departures yet approved for winter 2012;
  • SpiceJet: 2051 in 2011, increasing to 2233 weekly services in winter 2012;
  • Go Air: 588 services in 2011, increasing to 675;
  • IndiGo: 1879 weekly services, increasing to 2447;
  • Mantra: No services in winter 2011, with 42 weekly services approved for winter 2012. [more - original PR]