INDIA'S skies could get more competitive with the entry of six new airlines, which are lining up for lift off within the year after receiving approval from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The six include: the New Delhi-based Zexus Air and Air One Aviation, the latter already runs charter operations with business jets and helicopters; Premier Air, to operate out of Bengaluru; Hyderabad-based Turbo Megha that now operates charter flights; Air Carnival from the south; and Zav Airways that will offer services from the relatively untapped region of the north-east.
The airlines must now obtain air operators’ certificates from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation before beginning services.
Anil Kumar, managing director of Acma Travel Tours Bengaluru, commented: “Smaller airlines with lower overhead costs will rationalise air fares, bringing sanity to the highly fluctuating market. There must be parity and value-for-money offers (from these airlines) to stabilise a rocky aviation industry.”
Padmini Narayanan, managing director of Akshaya India Tours & Travels Chennai, said: “Indian aviation needs more airlines both at the national as well as the regional level. Many smaller cities have airports that are unutilised or grossly underused. Business travel is growing exponentially and these sectors have sufficient demand to fill planeloads.”