Jet Airways to Seek Approval on International Expansion

Wednesday, 18th April 2012 at 08:02am

Jet Airways is seeking the approval from the Civil Aviation Ministry as the airline bids on the expansion of its international services. Jet Airways wants to make 518 flights in a week by winter of 2012.

Jet Airways currently has 370 weekly international flights and wants to close in on their main competition Air India. Air India (AI) recently enjoyed a monopoly on bilateral traffic rights, a monopoly recently abolished by the Civil Aviation Ministry. At present, compared to other local airline, Air India has the most number of international flights.

According to a The Economic Times report by Anindya Upadhyay, Jet Airways is seeking approval from the ministry as they want to add 35 more flights to Germany, seven flights to Belgium and France, on top of the seven already filed for overseas destinations like Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Sharjah.

A senior official from the Civil Aviation Ministry said, "The airline is likely to seek clearances for the next winter and summer schedules in advance too as this will allow them to prepare smoothly for new operations by tying-up with new airports, hire requisite staff at these stations and get desired slots there."

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