Jet Airways bids for Kingfisher slots

New Delhi, Mar 3 (TruthDive) : Jet Airways has asked permission from DGCA for six flying slots from Mumbai. Four are in the domestic sector while two are in the international sector. The application came after aviation ministry cancelled Kingfisher Airlines’ international flying rights and domestic slots.

Jet wants morning flights for three slots and other three for evening but Jet did not disclose the routes. Kingfisher grounded from October had finally lost its flying slots and spaces in airports. These places were up for grabs. The suspended airline lost the flying license.

Kingfisher operated international flights to Singapore – seven flights fourteen times a week to Hong Kong, 35 times to Sri Lanka, 21 times to Thailand, 7 flights to Singapore, 14 times to Bangladesh and 7 times to Nepal. Around 25,000 seats are up for grabs per week. Interestingly, Jet has sold three slots in Heathrow airport to Etihad and taken it back on lease.

Air Asia in JV with Tata and Bhatias has applied to FIPB to lease small aircrafts for its cargo operations. For passenger traffic, it would use A 320 aircrafts. Tata Sons will invest 30 per cent and one of Bhatia’s companies, Hindustan Aerosystems, 21 per cent while rest is with Air Asia. The board will have R Venkataramanan and Bharat Vasan from Tata, Fernandes and Kamarudin Bin Meranun from Air Asia and Arun Bhatia from Telestra Tradeplace.

Based in Chennai, Air Asia in the initial phase will fly on routes in South India where Air Asia already operates. Air Asia aims to provide connectivity to Tier-II and III cities; in the initial stage it aims to concentrate on places in South India where Air Asia already operates.  FIPB is likely to take up application for the joint venture on March 6.

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