Indian carriers to operate 22,907 weekly domestic flights in summer schedule
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Indian carriers will operate a total of 22,907 weekly domestic flights during the summer schedule starting March 26.
According to aviation regulator DGCA, the number of flights operated is 4.4% higher than the 21,941 weekly flights operated in the winter schedule. The summer schedule is from March 26 to October 28.
11 airlines will operate domestic services, with the maximum weekly flights by IndiGo at 11,465.
In the summer schedule of 2022, the number of flights of the airline is 10,085 flights.
Among the 11 airlines, Alliance Air, Air Asia, SpiceJet and Vistara will operate fewer flights in the upcoming summer schedule, which is from October 28, 2022, to March 25, 2023, compared to the 2022 winter schedule.
SpiceJet will operate only 2,240 weekly flights in the summer schedule. This is about 30% less than the 3,193 weekly flights in the winter schedule.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a release on March 17 that 22,907 departures per week from/to 110 airports have been finalized for the summer schedule as compared to 21,941 departures per week from 106 airports in the winter schedule for 2022.
“Out of these 110 airports, Jaipur, Cooch Behar, Hollongi, Jamshedpur, Pakyong and Mopa (Goa) are new airports proposed by scheduled airlines, while operations from Ziro and Hindon airports are not proposed in the summer schedule 2023.” Said.
Tata Group-owned Air India will operate 2,178 weekly flights, up 9.45% from 1,990 flights in the winter schedule.
Its group airlines – Vistara and AirAsia – will operate fewer flights than the winter schedule. While Vistara is operating 1,856 weekly flights, which will be 4.38% lower than the winter schedule number of 1,941, Air Asia will fly a marginally lower number of flights at 1,456.
Air Asia’s weekly flights in the winter schedule stood at 1,462. No-frills carrier Go Air, now rebranded as GoFirst, will operate 10.65% more weekly flights in the summer schedule at 1,538.
Akasa Air will operate 751 weekly flights in the summer schedule.
In the summer schedule, Alliance Air will fly 14% fewer weekly flights on the 887.
As per the release, Star Air and FlyBig will operate 234 and 220 weekly flights respectively in the summer schedule.
IndiaOne will be the new operator in the 2023 summer schedule and will operate 82 weekly flights.
After being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s aviation sector is on a strong recovery path and domestic air traffic has been on the rise in recent times.