Registering a growth of 2.33 per cent, Indian domestic airlines flew 51.37 lakh passengers in November this year, against 50.20 lakh passengers carried in the same period last year, says data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has allowed SpiceJet, IndiGo, Jet Airways and other Indian carriers to increase their number of flights to to the Middle East and South East Asia destinations. SpiceJet has huge international expansion plans.
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry is likely to send a note this week to the Cabinet Secretariat, seeking a post-facto approval for the seat-sharing pact between Etihad Airways and Jet Airways where India offered an additional 36,670 seats on flights between the two countries over the next three years. The bilateral agreement was signed on the same day in April when the Jet-Etihad deal was announced.
Even as the European Commission said it might fine Air India and Jet Airways for not sharing emission data, the two Indian airlines remain opposed to the European Union (EU)’s emission norms for airlines. EU’s emission trading scheme (ETS) requires airlines to report emission data (for flights within and to/from Europe) and purchase credits in case the emission exceeds capped limits.
The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) estimates that Jet Airways could be ordering over 100 aircraft valued at a list price of over $12 billion at the Paris Air Show which is to begin on June 17. The aircraft order is likely to be equally divided between Boeing and Airbus.
To offer seamless travel to South Africa-bound passengers Jet Airways has entered into a code share arrangement with South African Airways. The code share agreement comes into effect from April 18, a Jet Airways release said in Mumbai on April 16. Code-sharing allows an airline to book its passengers on its partner carriers and provide seamless transport to multiple destinations where it has no presence.