Air India has announced several new flights starting from next month on both domestic and international routes. The new services are launched to meet the demands of the summer vacation. Air India will add 3500 seats per week on Mumbai-Dubai route from 1 June 2019. It will also add another 3500 seats per week on Delhi-Dubai services.
The national carrier has also announced a discount offer of INR 7777 (all inclusive) from Delhi and Mumbai to Dubai. The offer is valid for travels up to 31 July 2019.
On the domestic front, Air India is launching services on Bhopal-Pune and Varanasi-Chennai routes. The number of flights on Delhi-Bhopal route will be increased to 20 flights per week from the existing 14 flights. Air India also intends to increase the number of flights on Delhi-Raipur route from the current seven flights to 14 flights per week. Similar flight additions will be made on Delhi-Bangalore, Chennai-Ahmedabad, Delhi-Amritsar, and Chennai-Kolkata routes. The flights per week would also be increased on Delhi-Vadodara-Delhi route and Mumbai-Vizag-Mumbai route.
The new services will tackle the scarcity of capacity in the industry to a great extent. Government has temporarily allocated 50% of the grounded Jet Airways domestic slots to its competitors. Besides, Jet Airways’ international flights are also distributed, and Air India received the highest share. The availability of new services will help to reduce the airfares across the routes, which drastically increased after Jet Airways’ suspension of operations.
Meanwhile, Air India recently discontinued its direct flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport due to reduced demand. Mumbai-New York flight service was causing much loss to the airline. Due to the closure of Pakistan’s airspace, the flight was temporarily suspended in February and was about the resume services in June. However, Air India will not be resuming the service. The flying time of US-bound flights increased owing to the closure of Pakistan’s airspace.