In a bid to increase its frequency between key metro cities, Air India on Thursday announced 24 new domestic flights beginning August 20, 2022. It is the airline’s first significant increase in flights since Tata Sons took over from the government in January 2022.
Air India’s New Domestic Flights
According to an official statement issued by the airline, the additional 24 flights include; two new frequencies from Delhi to Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Ahmedabad, as well as Mumbai to Chennai and Hyderabad. It also increases the frequency of the Mumbai-Bengaluru and Ahmedabad-Pune routes by one.
“The strengthening of domestic connections has been enabled as additional aircraft return to service,” an airline spokesperson said.
The increase in domestic frequency will help to boost traffic between India’s major cities and make travel more comfortable during the upcoming festive season.
The Tata-owned airline has a fleet of 70 narrow-bodied aircraft, 54 of which are currently operational. The remaining 16 planes will gradually return to service by early 2023.
Campbell Wilson, Air India’s MD and CEO said;
“Over the past six months, Air India has been working closely with our partners to return aircraft to service, and we are delighted that this effort is now bearing fruit.”
Air India’s move to increase domestic frequency comes a day after the Civil Aviation Ministry announced that it will completely remove the fare caps on domestic flights imposed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
After the restrictions are lifted, Indian domestic airlines such as Air India, Vistara, SpiceJet, IndiGo, and Go First will be able to freely price their tickets.
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