The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India on Thursday announced the winter schedule and allow airlines to operate 22,287 flights departures from 108 airports.
The winter schedule will come into effective from October 31, 2021 and continue till March 26, 2022.
The winter schedule of 2021 have 4.4 percent less departures as compared to the winter schedule of the pre-pandemic year 2019-20, which had seen 23,307 departures.
The development comes after the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Govt of India on October 12 allowed the scheduled domestic flight operations to operate without any capacity restrictions of passengers.
All stakeholders had welcomed the government’s move and had termed it to be ‘crucial’ step ahead of the festive season.
- IndiGo – India’s largest airline by market share – will operate 10,243 departures, the highest by any airline, in the winter schedule.
- SpiceJet will operate 2,995 departures;
- GoAir with 2,290 departures,
- Air India with 2,053 departures
- Vistara with 1,675 departures and
- Air Asia with 1,393 departures.
Schedule of other small and regional connectivity airlines, too, have been finalized for operations.
Alliance Air is scheduled to have 911 departures in the winter schedule, followed by Trujet (450), Star Air (137), Fly Big (116) and Pawan Hans (24).
While Vistara saw the biggest increase, of 22%, among big carriers, the biggest decline in flights was seen for SpiceJet (31%) for the winter schedule.