The launch of new airlines (Akasa Air) and resurrection – ownership change, relaunch et el – of old ones (Air India, Jet Airways) is certainly making things interesting in India’s aviation space. New routes, more flights, and more connectivity is the result. The same is not reflecting in the flight fare reduction rate is another matter. But flyers certainly have more options now; even if most are on the same old routes. Though increasing air connectivity in India – be it in metros or smaller towns – is rather an interesting development.
A Closer Examination
Air India has been announcing new updates one after another. The newest one is about the airline planning to offer 24 new flights in August 2022 itself. The airline, essentially, will offer more flights for connecting metro cities. For instance, now expect more flights from Delhi to Bengaluru, Mumbai, and also Ahmedabad. Mumbai will also connect with Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai via more Air India flights. There will be more flights from Ahmedabad to Pune as well.
Akasa Air is also ready to offer new flights by the end of next month. The plans are ready to offer more flights on its current routes of Bengaluru to Mumbai, Mumbai to Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru to Kochi. There are already plans to offer one additional flight for Bengaluru-Mumbai route by the end of August. New routes will also begin from September such as Bengaluru to Chennai.
As of now; neither Akasa nor Air India is offering new connectivity from metros to tier II cities. With so many small-town airports in India now operational, it is surprising that no new connections are in the offing for new routes. IndiGo still remains the only airline to offer the most flights to tier II and tier III cities.
But this development not only points to heating aviation competition in India but also towards more passenger traffic. The demand could be leading the supply here too.
If you are taking flights to India; you have even more options for connecting flights within metros as well as for smaller towns. You can book cheap flights via Indian Eagle to explore the country even more easily. Increasing air connectivity in India may certainly bode well for the economy.