Air India Plans Expansion To Fill Jet Airways Void; Flights To Nairobi, Hong Kong, Bali Likely Soon

With significant drop in overseas capacity due to Jet Airways’ grounding, national carrier Air India plans to expand its network by adding destinations like Nairobi, Hong Kong and Bali. Senior airline officials told FE that operations would commence on these routes by October.

The national carrier has already bagged unused flying rights of grounded Jet Airways to cities like Dubai, Doha and London. Air India increased frequencies on Delhi-Dubai and Mumbai-Dubai routes from June 1. Air India is looking to take advantage of the massive drop in capacity on overseas routes due to Jet’s grounding on April 17. International capacity, measured in terms of available seat kilometres, for Indian carriers was down 17% year-on-year in April due to closure of Jet, as per the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Around 70% of Air India’s revenue come from international operations.

As per travel firm Cleartrip, average fares during April and May were higher by up to 30 % y-o-y on major routes to Dubai, Singapore, London and Thailand. Jet’s share in international seat capacity from Delhi and Mumbai stood at 14.5% and 28.5%, respectively, in January 2019. Read more

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