Airlines plan 13% more winter flights

By: | Published: August 8, 2015 12:27 AM

Airlines have submitted their winter schedule to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), proposing 13% more flights than last year...

Airlines have submitted their winter schedule to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), proposing 13% more flights than last year, said a senior DGCA official. “Last year during winter, there were 12,305 flights every week, which will go up to 13,951 as per the proposal,” said the official.

As per the current summer schedule that ends in October, the total number of approved flights every week is 12,533, which means the winter months will have an increase of 11.3%. Experts said winter has more flights because leisure travel picks up in the festive months.

The DGCA will give its approvals on the same soon, said the official. The approvals will be given after a series of checks, which also include reviewing the airlines that have requested to increase the number of flights substantially — on feasibility of operations to expand number of flights.

Also, there are two new operators — Air Pegasus and Vistara — which did not fly last winter.

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