By Brent Foster, airwaysmag.com
AirAsia (I5) India will add three more Airbus A320neo aircraft to a growing fleet by June of next year. Having previously reported sustained traffic growth, I5 already has 2 Airbus A320neo aircraft in operation.
2020 has been a challenging year for all airlines including I5, which had to suspend flights for two months at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expansion Amid the Pandemic
An I5 spokesperson said the airline is “soon planning to amp up our capacity to 70 per cent” from the current 55% of 2019 operating capacity.
The Civil Aviation Ministry had been incrementally increasing the allowable capacity for airlines in an attempt at fostering a safe, gradual recovery. Airlines were first allowed 45% of capacity from June 27, then around 60% from September 3, and lastly at 70% as of November 11.
With the addition of Airbus A320neos and a gradual resumption in operations, I5 is doing the best it can to recover amid regulation.