New Delhi: Mounting losses due to high fuel prices and low passenger loads are forcing Air India to rationalise and rejig its global operations.
The airline management is considering even withdrawing services on certain destinations for “a temporary period” so that bookings already made are not affected, sources in the airline said.
The destinations to which these curtailments would be effected are yet to be firmed up, the sources said, adding that the issue came up for in-depth discussion at a meeting of Air India’s senior executives in Mumbai last week.
The destinations which are likely to see curtailment in services include Osaka, Seoul and Los Angeles. Air India was also contemplating to rationalise its flights to London.
The changes in schedule are likely to come into effect in September, they said.
The national carrier, which is among several major airlines in India and abroad that have curtailed or canceled their frequencies on international destinations, has already reduced its domestic services by about 10%.
As part of the cost-cutting measures, Air India is also rationalising the usage of its fleet on several foreign routes.
It is considering operating a Boeing 777 aircraft on the four times a week flights to Tokyo and plans to fly an Airbus A-310 on the daily flight on the Mumbai-Delhi-Hong Kong sector, the sources said.
There are also plans to terminate the Delhi-London-New York in Britain itself and operate a Boeing 777 on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai-London route. Air India is considering not to operate A-330s on the India-UK route, as part of the changes it was considering.