Airlines and airlines in India are all set to increase the number of their international flights to India from a maximum of three per month to five per month.
According to an official release issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), domestic flights will increase from three to five daily and from five to eight daily flights.
The airline booking portal Air India, however, has already announced that the number will be increased to five flights per day from the current three.
Airlines like Air France, Aer Lingus and Virgin India have already announced flights to Delhi and Mumbai.
In the first half of 2019, Air India plans to increase its number of domestic flights from three flights per week to five.
The DGCA, however said that it has decided to increase domestic flights in line with the growth in the domestic air travel market.
“The domestic airline industry has taken a leap forward and is witnessing a tremendous growth in demand for its services.
The increased demand for air travel has been spurred by an increase in domestic air fares as well as by increasing domestic fares and availability of services,” the DGCA said in the release.
“Therefore, in order to ensure the viability of the domestic airline sector, the Government has announced an increase of domestic fares from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 per week.
The increase will also be in line for flights of up to eight passengers from each airline,” the statement added.
Air India had announced that it would increase its domestic flights to 50,000 from 40,000 flights a month and the number is expected to be up to 80,000 trips per month from now.
In March, the airline launched a special discount rate of Rs 1,200 for domestic domestic flights and the discount rate is now available to all domestic flights.
A year ago, the company also announced that its domestic domestic flight capacity was being increased by 20%.
A year later, it announced that domestic flights would be increased by 40%, but later increased it to 60%.
In July, the airlines had announced a one-year contract extension to increase capacity to 10 million domestic flights per month and then announced an additional extension to 20% in August.
On the other hand, the DGCCA also announced an extension of domestic domestic fares for five years to 2019.
The Air India flights to Mumbai and Delhi have also been expanded by 50%, while the airline has also announced a 30% discount on its domestic ticket prices.
In addition, Air Bengal and Air Delhi have announced that their domestic flights have been increased to 50% of the international ones.
The airlines are also seeking the approval of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the domestic flights which would mean the airline will have to carry a certain amount of domestic passengers on board its planes.
The Aer Ling-Sridhar airline, which has been offering domestic flights on a regular basis for more than two decades, has also increased the number in recent times.