GoAir to double flight operations from end-October; plans "red-eye" connections

This is part of the airlines'' frequency enhancement programme being rolled out across Go Air''s network, which will see it double the overall frequency of its network by increasing its flight operations from 259 to 561 commercial flights per week.

Go Air''s is going ahead with this new strategy despite the absence of plans to add new destinations to its current network during the current fiscal. All plans, for now, centre around the 11 destinations Go Air currently operates in.

GoAir''s new operational strategy comes at a time when the airline has been seeing a consistent load factor in excess of 80 per cent over the past few months, driven by a 123 per cent growth in its passenger traffic at the close of Q2.

Announcing GoAir''s winter schedule and the first phase of the rollout of its frequency building programme, Jeh Wadia, managing director, Go Air, said, "We are bundling new weekly flights as part of our capacity expansion during the new winter schedule across our network."

He said GoAir will now operate 177 weekly departures from Mumbai, from Delhi, 40 from Hyderabad, 49 from Bangalore, 36 from Goa, 28 from Jaipur, 21 from Ahmedabad, 27 from Chennai, and 14 from Cochin, amongst others.

That takes the total weekly flights operated by GoAir to 561. The new flights are schedule to commence operations from October 28, 2007.