Articles Tagged ‘India’
Kingfisher finally launched international services between Bangalore and London Heathrow this week, marking the start of its global ambitions. How has the UK-India market developed in recent years and which other UK airport has a non-stop service to India?
India’s fifth largest domestic airline is growing rapidly and now operates 18 aircraft across 18 destinations. Last year it received its first 737-900s and carried around 3.5 million passengers. Delhi is the country’s busiest airport and nearly all routes are operated at least daily. International routes are on the cards as soon as the government will permit them.
India’s biggest airport and main international gateway is struggling to cope with rapid demand growth. LCCs have transformed the local market and the top three domestic routes are all served by an incredible nine different airlines. What share do Indian airlines have of the expanding international market? Which are the busiest international routes? We take a closer look.
Mumbai is India’s biggest airport. Kingfisher is India’s most ambitious airline. So what are its operations like at this key airport? On which routes does it have a monopoly and on which does it have to face eight (yes, eight) other airlines? Which are Kingfisher’s other main bases? And what risky venture has Kingfisher’s boss just taken on?
Now this is what you call competition! We look at fares on this key Indian domestic route where Kingfisher is slugging it out with seven other carriers. Just how cheap are fares on this 75 minute sector? And which airlines are consistently the cheapest and most expensive? What are last minute fares like? How early in the morning could you catch a flight?
After signs of an apparent slowdown in the rate of traffic growth at Indian airports, June and July saw traffic growth head back up again to around 35%, despite plans to rationalise and consolidate. Which airports are growing fastest and which carriers have gained market share in October compared with when we last looked in August?
Are there any signs of growth slowing in the Indian domestic market? Which are the busiest domestic airports and how is traffic developing in 2007? How dominant are Mumbai and Delhi? Based on capacity figures for August, what market shares are the airlines achieving? Is Jet still the largest domestic airline?
There are signs of a slowdown in the manic growth of Indian air travel. Sure, it’s still nearly 30%, but a year ago it was 60%. Which airlines saw their domestic market share fall in 2006 and who grabbed nearly 5% after just four months?