Kingfisher Airlines gets no 'boarding pass' this winter

Kingfisher Airlines gets no 'boarding pass' this winter

Cash-strapped Kingfisher drew a blank as the aviation regulator approved the winter schedule on Wednesday, allotting more flights to low-cost carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir this season than what they operated last year.

Kinfisher’s flight schedule was not approved as the arline has grounded all its flights till late this month.

There will be a new airline operating in the country -- the regional airline Mantra has been given 42 flights in the winter calendar commencing October 28.

Air India and Jet Airways have significantly lost their flight share this season.
“Air India, Alliance Air, Jet Airways and JetLite have reduced capacity in domestic market in winter schedule 2012, whereas, Spicejet, Go Air and IndiGo operations will increase due to capacity augmentation,” the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation said in a release.

The DGCA approved 10,935 departures per week, which was 19 per cent less than the last year. The total number of departures last year were 13,541.

Public-carrier Air India and low-cost subsidiary Alliance Air, which operated 2,313 flights last year, will be able to operate only 2,169 flights this year, the DGCA release said.
Jet Airways along with its no-frills counterpart JetLite will operate 3,369 flights as against 3,780 last year.

No-frills IndiGo will operate 2,447 flights as against 1,879 last year, SpiceJet 2,233 compared to 2,051 and GoAir 675 as against 588.

Aviation experts were also of the view that Kingfisher’s losses will  translate into gains for IndiGo and SpiceJet as in the past.

Meanwhile, India and New Zealand decided to promote and develop training and technical cooperation in the civil aviation sector, including accepting each other's aeronautical products and licenses.

Under the Arrangement for Cooperation on Civil Aviation signed by Civil Aviation Secretary K N Shrivastava and New Zealand High Commissioner Jan Henderson on Wednesday, the two countries will promote and support development of training and technical cooperation in aviation and carry out activities like exchange of experts/instructors for training, acceptance of licenses and aeronautical products and aviation services.

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