Singapore Airlines seeking additional slots for India flights

Bangkok: Singapore International Airlines (SIA) has asked the Indian government to give it more slots to fly to the country for ahead of the winter vacations, as its flights are already overbooked by 20 per cent on the sector.

Currently, SIA has 55 flights a week to India and is hoping to fly twice a day to Delhi by the summer of 2008, up from the current seven flights a week. This is pending clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in India.

Between January and August this year, passenger traffic between Singapore and India grew 17.5 per cent compared to the same eight months of the previous year.

The last bilateral air services agreement with India was inked in January this year.
''India is in favour of deregulation,'' said Chew Choon Seng, chief executive of SIA, expressing optimism that the Singapore-based international carrier will get more slots to meet the demand for international travel in India.