Air India Express, the budget arm of India’s leading carrier Air India, has announced to get its capacity increased and introduce more aircrafts in the competitive airline market. Air India Express decided to increase the capacity to a 3% to 4% from this year’s winter schedule. This initiative will add eight planes to the existing fleet. Air India will keep track on the persisting trends in the airline industry along with the existing southern region. Many of the world’s economical airlines, such as Air Arabia, FlyDubai and AirAsia are following the routes being directed by the Air India Express. The same is also in the competition with India-based IndiGo and SpiceJet. A Kochi-based carrier company flies 165 flights that run on weekly basis, following international routes and connecting them through eleven domestic places with a 17 carrier’s fleet. Among these carriers, 87 flights are from Kerala only. Recently, some years back the airline company ran about 214 flights every week, including 25 Boeing 737. However, the Mangalore incident in which one of the Boeing 737 crashed in 2010 resulted in returning all 7 leased aircrafts. After that Air India reduced its operations. In the coming expansion phase of the Air India Express, the market will focus on all the airline market but the South. Air India aims in redeeming its earlier fleet strength. When the officials were asked about the shortage of pilots, they said this concern has been met by employing more pilots from Air India.

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