It appears that the Government has reallocated all of Jet's Mumbai and New Delhi slots as a new list of available slots (see below) has been released, and DEL and BOM are not on it. First, wow! That went fast. Second, if all the Jet slots at BOM have already been reassigned, how come BOM is still 100 flights short of what it was before Jet was grounded? Third, what happened to Jet's dead in the night 3 am domestic flight slots. Who picked that up and who would even want it?
Fourth, of the available Jet slots, I am surprised that there are so many at Chennai. Isn't that a hot place to fly to (relatively)? But which cities would make sense to connect to Chennai if BOM and DEL can't be the ones? Maybe that's the core issue? If I were in Vistara's shoes, I would say start 3X daily between Pune and Chennai and grab the slots in these relatively "hot" places. Fifth, if all BOM and DEL slots have been reallocated, the real UNDISPUTED winner, by a big margin, is SpiceJet. Although they experienced some safety issues recently, if they can avoid a major safety issue, net net, they have made the sharpest move in Indian aviation history (acquiring a large number of ex-Jet slots at capacity restricted BOM and DEL airports).
Sixth, if Pakistan refuses to open up its airspace, where would Vistara base its 787s for flights to Europe/USA? BOM doesn't seem to have the slots (unless some dead of the night ones are available) and DEL would involve route diversions because of closed Pak airspace. Flying to Australia from DEL is attractive but Singapore Airlines, their partner, probably won't allow them to. That leaves DEL to Japan but isn't there enough capacity and ANA and JAL are soon starting flights from Japan to Chennai and BLR, respectively.
AVAILABLE EX-JET SLOTS
Vadodara: 10 slots
Unused slots at other airports - List A: Allahabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bagdogra, Bhopal, Bhuj, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Goa, Imphal, Jaipur and Khajuraho
Unused slots at other airports - List B: Calicut, Leh, Mangalore, Port Blair, Rajkot, Srinagar, Trivandrum, Udaipur and Varanasihttps://economictimes.indiatimes.com/in ... 174389.cms
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