Big benefit for Air India if Trump’s ban on bringing laptops doesn’t apply to Indian airlines: Jayant Sinha

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He further said that Air India will benefit if the ban does not apply to Indian airlines as it is planning to add a new direct flight from Delhi to Washington.

After Donald Trump yesterday banned bringing laptops, cameras in carry-on luggage on 9 US-bound airlines, MoS Aviation Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said that he studying if this US electronic ban will affect Indian carriers. He further said that Air India will benefit if the ban does not apply to Indian airlines as it is planning to add a new direct flight from Delhi to Washington. “We will soon announce regional connectivity scheme routes, carriers by early next week,” he told ET Now. Air India will increasingly focus on operating on the international and regional (tier 2 and tier 3) routes to increase its revenues since yields in the metro and tier 1 routes have fallen substantially due to competitive ticket pricing and increased competition, Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director of Air India, told FE.

Air India will increasingly focus on operating on the international and regional (tier 2 and tier 3) routes to increase its revenues since yields in the metro and tier 1 routes have fallen substantially due to competitive ticket pricing and increased competition, Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director of Air India, told FE.

Currently, more than 60% of the standalone revenues of Air India come from international operations and the airline will look to fly to two more routes in United states, three to four in Western Europe. Air India through it’s subsidiary, Alliance Air will fly more to tier 2 and tier 3 cities since most of the private carriers barring SpiceJet do not operate on those routes due to lack of smaller aircraft. According to Lohani, Air India’s strength is its international operations where expansion will continue and so will be the case with regional routes on the back of its ATR aircraft.

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Meanwhile, a US official said the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the US from these international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Also, the ban begins just before Wednesday’s meeting of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Washington. A number of top Arab officials were expected to attend the State Department gathering. It was unclear whether their travel plans were related to any increased worry about security threats.

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