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Rising cost forces airlines to fly at lesser capacity

With rising costs, Indian carriers would operate 19 per cent less number of flights this winter compared to last year, though no-frill airlines would put in more flights during the busy season starting this month-end.

Full-service carriers, Air India and Jet Airways, along with their no-frill subsidiaries Alliance Air and JetLite, would operate less number of flights, while all no-frill airlines – IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir, would significantly increase flights and augment capacity this season, according to the Winter Schedule of flights approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

Significantly, the flight schedule of crisis-ridden Kingfisher Airlines has not been approved by aviation regulator DGCA. Kingfisher, which has declared a lockout till 20 October with its employees on strike.

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