The government on Thursday allowed all international carriers flying in and out of India to increase their capacities by deploying larger aircraft to meet the winter rush.
“To counter the winter rush, all airlines would be allowed to upgrade their aircraft to any capacity level on their existing frequencies at all airports in India,” a civil aviation ministry official said.
The airlines would be allowed to deploy bigger aircraft on the designated routes for two months starting December 1.
Tourist arrivals in India rose 9.4 per cent in September from a year earlier, boosting foreign exchange earnings from the sector by 42.7 per cent year-on- year to $606.18 million, according to government data.
Over 44 lakh foreign tourists visited India during October registering a growth of over 12 per cent as compared to the year-ago period. An senior executive of a leading international airline said that load factors record significant increases during the winter months as India has emerged as a major tourist destination in recent years.
Many airlines plan to deploy bigger aircraft on the India sector during the winter months.