Paramount Airways adds new routes to its network
Will enhance operations from 62 flights to 66 flights a day in the following weeks
By TBM Staff | Chennai
Madurai based, Paramount Airways is planning to enhance its operations from 62 flights a day to 66 flights a day in the following weeks. The new routes include Bangalore-Vishakapatnam (direct), Chennai-Vishakapatnam (direct) and Chennai-Tiruchipalli (daily). Paramount Airways will also double the frequency of its flights on the Chennai-Tiruvananthapuram route. The airline also plans to launch flights on Chennai-Pune route by July end or first week of August this year. It will induct two new Embraer aircraft in its fleet by end of next month, taking its fleet size to nine. The airline is expanding its route network at a time when most carriers are cutting routes to reduce losses on account of the rising cost of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF).
According to M Thiagarajan, Managing Director, Paramount Airways, they have not been affected due to the rising ATF prices, since they do not cater to the train passengers like most other low cost carriers. Paramount Airways, which caters to the top end of the market feels, that the price elasticity of their customers is better and an increase of Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 in the fares does not affect its target group. As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) statistics, Paramount Airways recorded the highest seat factor for May, 2008. The seat factor for Paramount was 81.2 per cent, while that for Air India (domestic), Jet Airways, Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines was recorded at 61.2 per cent, 73.9 per cent, 71.5 per cent and 70.1 per cent respectively.
Source : TravelBiz Monitor