India opening 11 new international routes in 2012; Air India, SpiceJet, Jet and IndiGo benefit
India's Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided (23-Mar-2012) to allocate 11 new international sectors under Bilateral Air Services Agreements (ASAs) to Air India and other Indian scheduled carriers. The sectors are: Mumbai-Dar-es-Salaam; Delhi-Guangzhou; Delhi-Yangon; Delhi-Tashkent; Delhi-Ho-Chi-Minh City; Delhi-Hanoi; Delhi-Almaty; Delhi-Macau; Delhi-Addis Ababa; Delhi-Melbourne and Delhi-Sydney. “This is a major step taken by the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Ajit Singh, to ameliorate the already stressed sector and to make air travel more affordable to people,” the Ministry said. Details include:
- Air India and Air India Express: Services will increase from 430 services per week during winter 2011 to 471 services per week in summer 2012. These services will include increase of services from 94 to 109 on the Dubai sector, from 39 to 47 on the Abu Dhabi sector, from 33 to 49 services on the Sharjah sector, from 12 to 21 services to Doha and from 42 to 48 services to Saudi Arabia. The services of Air India and Air India Express will further increase from 471 services per week in summer 2012 to 577 in winter 2012;
- SpiceJet: Will operate 98 services per week in summer and additional 90 services per week in winter meaning an addition of 188 services per week in winter 2012;
- Jet Airways: Has been allocated 102 services per week in summer and additional 98 services per week in winter meaning thereby an addition of 200 services per week in winter 2012;
- IndiGo: Was allocated 84 services per week in summer and 41 services per week in winter totalling to 125 services per week in winter 2012.
The private carriers have thus now been allocated a total of 513 services in addition to their existing allocation. [more - original PR]