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[dropcap]M[/dropcap]umbai: Beginning December 2018, Jet Airways is all set to strengthen its network by introducing 18 additional frequencies on domestic as well as international routes to meet growing demand from travellers.
Earlier this month, Jet Airways launched the country’s first non-stop service between Mumbai and Manchester, UK. Come 01st December, the airline will further enhance connectivity to Singapore with its new, non-stop service from Pune. Pune recorded the highest number of arrivals into Singapore from an upcoming Indian metro and Jet Airways’ new service will complement its current operations to Singapore via its hubs in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. For Pune, a growing business and corporate centre and a leading centre of education, the new service will be the airline’s second international destination from the city.
The airline’s new service from Pune will even benefit guests who are travelling to onward destinations in the Far East, Asia-Pacific and Australia via Singapore, as they can now seamlessly connect onwards using the services of the airline’s codeshare and interline partners such as Garuda Indonesia, Jetstar Asia, and Qantas. For guests travelling to India, the new service will offer greater convenience and save valuable time.
Effective early December, Jet Airways is also adding new frequencies on other select destinations such as Bangkok, Kathmandu and Singapore in ASEAN as well as Doha and Dubai in the Gulf, in view of the growing demand. The airline will soon add a 3rd daily frequency to Bangkok and Singapore each from Delhi and a 3rddaily service to Singapore from Mumbai, complementing its existing services and as a direct outcome to the increase in air traffic between India and the ASEAN region. Industry air passenger traffic between Singapore – India itself increased by 17% through 2017.
Additional frequencies will also be introduced to the Gulf, strengthening the airline’s status as one of the largest carriers to/ from the region. December will see the introduction of 2nd daily services connecting Mumbai and Delhi with Doha respectively. The addition of a 7th daily frequency between Mumbai and Dubai will also make Jet Airways the only airline to offer unparalleled 24-hour connectivity to the Gulf’s favourite destination – for business and leisure travellers alike – with the maximum number of daily services.
Jet Airways will also offer a 4th daily frequency between Delhi and Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
These additional services are the result of a comprehensive network review by the airline, with the objective of strengthening its network at its hubs at Mumbai and Delhi, as part of its initiative of deploying assets on more productive and economically efficient routes instead of uneconomic ones. The extensive connectivity via these centre points to its domestic and international network will enable the airline to undertake denser operations, introduce these additional frequencies offering greater choice and connectivity to its guests. The measures will also help align capacity with the demand characteristics of specific markets.
Jet Airways also continues to augment its domestic connectivity at these hubs, and will increase operations between Mumbai and Amritsar to daily frequencies, and add a 4th daily frequency on the Delhi – Amritsar route in December. These steps are in addition to new services already introduced at the beginning of Winter Schedule, including new flights on the Delhi & Bangalore – Vadodara routes, increased frequencies in the Mumbai – Guwahati and Mumbai – Patna markets and an enhancement of capacity from ATR to 737 operations on the Delhi – Jodhpur route.
Raj Sivakumar, Senior Vice-President – Worldwide Sales & Distribution, Jet Airways, said,
“The strategy will enable Jet Airways to offer extensive connectivity via Mumbai to most its network in South and West India. Similarly, new services to Delhi will offer seamless connectivity to the North and East of India. Both hubs will also supplement wide-ranging domestic India access with connections to its growing international network, as the airline takes a further step towards developing connecting pathways between East and West, and growing as a regional hub in Asia.
The above services based on the recent network review will help the airline improve yields and fully leverage the advantages of its new, fuel-efficient B737 MAX fleet, 6 more of which are expected to join the fleet this fiscal. Together, the new, aircraft will help the airline to not only improve revenues but also reduce costs simultaneously.
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