Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Air India Plans to Cash in on Profitable Routes

The reports of Air India planning new route launches and increasing flight frequency on its existing routes have surprised many a travel experts! The airline that is going through a financial crunch for some time now is planning to spread it wings further by increasing its number of flights to over 400 from the current 380 in its summer schedule.

A report published in country’s top financial journal indicates that India’s flag carrier is all ready to increase its summer schedule to earn more revenues from profitable routes.

Air India, notwithstanding its financial wellbeing, is still considered the top alternative for booking flights to India by many. The airline plans to start daily flights between Vizag and Dubai via Hyderabad. The airline also plans to commence flights to India’s capital city, Delhi from Bahrain via Abu Dhabi.

In addition, the airline is going to jack up its services on Delhi-Tokyo route. From the current four weekly flights, the airline is hoping to make it a five weekly service. The airline will also be making Delhi-Dammam twice a week service to a daily operation in its summer schedule.

Besides the launch of international routes, the airline is also hoping to tap into the low-cost travel market. The airline is increasingly shifting towards adopting a budget carrier business model, catering primarily to those looking for cheap flights to India and also in domestic market. Millions of holiday makers look for cheap flights to India and Air India hopes to become the leading option among them.

Recently, Air India slashed down the number of business class seats from some of its fleet aircraft.


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