According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), domestic airlines in India are preparing to operate fewer flights than last year as the summer season approaches.

The reason behind this decrease is mainly due to high oil prices and limited terminal capacity at airports, due to which airlines have to reduce their operations.

Some Flights Approved For Summer Schedule

DGCA has approved 22,907 weekly flights across airlines for the upcoming summer schedule, which is 9.5% lower than last year's 25,309 weekly flights.

This number is still 4.4% higher than the 21,941 weekly flights operated in the winter schedule. This reduction in flights will have an impact on airfares and may lead to an increase in prices during the high demand season of summer.

Airlines’ Capacity Strategies

IndiGo plans to increase capacity and operate 11,465 flights this summer, which is 14% higher than its winter operations.

In contrast, SpiceJet has got approval to operate only 2,240 flights during the summer schedule, which is 30% less than the winter schedule. This is due to the airline's financial troubles and inability to induct new capacity.

Air India, on the other hand, is expected to add significant new capacity in June and operate 2,178 flights this summer, up 9.45% from the ongoing winter schedule.

Effect on Ticket Fare

The reduction in the number of flights may result in a significant increase in ticket prices during the high demand summer season, particularly to popular tourist destinations. Travelers are already seeing a sharp rise in flight ticket prices for some destinations.


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