There could be some relief for last minute festive fliers facing the pinch of steep airfares and cancelled flights.
Jet Airways, India’s second largest airline (by number of monthly travellers) on Thursday said it would add 12 new daily services on domestic routes starting December 23.
The move comes at a time when domestic airfares have more than doubled, partially because of the sudden reduction in flight operations of cash-strapped SpiceJet airlines.
“The additional frequencies added into our domestic winter schedule will ensure that our guests are able to travel home for the holiday season,” said Cramer Ball, chief executive officer, Jet Airways. The 12 new flights will connect metro cities such as Mumbai as well as tourist destinations such as Goa and Udaipur.
Interestingly the airline will deploy twin-aisle planes such as the Airbus A330, which has approximately 70-odd more seats than the narrow-body planes used by the airline on domestic routes.
“Assuming that each operation will add 200-odd seats, Jet’s revised flight schedule will add approximately 1,200 domestic seats daily. It could stabilise the fares to a certain extent,” said a travel agent requesting anonymity.