Despite a crippling 55-day-long strike, the second longest in aviation industry, Air India has carried 3% more passengers between June 1 and June 20 from a year ago and would resume flights to Hong Kong this week.
In its monthly performance review, the airline found that it had carried more than 716,000 passengers during the first 20 days of June.
“The passenger revenue during the period also increased by 5% to Rs 609 crore from Rs 582 crore in June, 2011,” a senior Air India official told IANS.
“This is despite an 18.5% lower capacity due to the strike, that has not only hit our international traffic but domestic passenger traffic too,” he said. The company has is introducing promotion schemes to maintain passenger traffic. “We have decided to extend few schemes like 'get upfront' where an economy class passenger can upgrade to business class by paying a nominal fee. We will also reactivate flight services to Hong Kong from July 6,” he said.