Three major private carriers of India - Jet Airways, SpiceJet and IndiGo - have decided to enhance some of the major Gulf and Southeast Asian routes in their travel networks.
The decision has been made after the India’s Civil Aviation Ministry decided to scrap national carrier Air India's right of first refusal on overseas flights
While, IndiGo and SpiceJet are popular options among budget travellers looking for cheap flights on many domestic routes and few international ones, Jet Airways is a full-service airline offering inbound and outbound flights to India apart from domestic operations.
As per the India’s Civil Aviation Ministry, IndiGo has the approval for operating 63 new weekly international flights, including 28 flights to Dubai and 7 to Jeddah. SpiceJet has got the nod to operate 49 new overseas flights, including 7 to Dubai and 7 to Riyadh. Jet Airways will be operating 56 new weekly flights, including 14 to Kuwait.
These increased flight frequencies on the announced routes are likely to cater to the needs of those desirous of world class in-flight services as well as those seeking cheap flights on the routes.
Earlier, private airlines were allowed to choose international routes only if Air India refused to fly on them. However, now with the India ministry taking away this privilege from the national carrier, travellers will have to depend less on AI’s flight services to the Middle East. With more options available, flyers can also hope to net cheap flights.