After the government bail out, Air India got approval to operate direct flights from Delhi to Melbourne, but the national carrier had requested the authorities not to permit other carriers to start flying on the route until it stabilizes.
The report of the request was confirmed by the Aviation ministry and Air India. But the Air India is not sure whether the government has accepted the request.
As such the Indian private carriers are annoyed, after all the India-Australia route is a very happening and profitable one. Students are the main travelers in the route and that means direct flights could benefit both parties. Private Airlines are also mumbling that connecting flights can also be worth.
Currently Singapore Airlines and Qantas are the only ones connecting the two nations. Although both Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines are considering an entry into the route none have officially sent a proposal. The increase in traffic over the past years has come under the radar of many airlines including Jet and Kingfisher.
Neither airlines have announced a probable date as to when they would be looking to start the services. Apparently Air India had sent a similar request to the aviation ministry before launching services between Delhi and London.
In February the government granted permission to Air India to start seven direct flights per week on Delhi-Melbourne sector after a delay of six months. Air India had planned to start the service on its winter schedule from last October. Shortly Melbourne would become the national carrier’s 34th international destination. Yesterday Air India announced the launch of flights from Chennai to Paris beginning next Sunday.
Meanwhile carriers like Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet may be staring at losses in the quarter ending March this year. Without shying away Kingfisher airline has entered into a new agreement with Finnair for enhancing its frequent flyer program.
Jet Airways will start 27 new flights from various destinations across the country from March 27, including a daily direct service on the Hyderabad-Nagpur-Hyderabad sector.
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