Jet Airways – the largest private airline in India – has reported a strong quarterly profit as recovering passenger numbers push up demand.
The Mumbai-based carrier recorded a net profit of 124 million rupees (US$2.8 million dollars) for the period from July to September compared with a loss of 4.07 billion rupees a year earlier.
About 3.45 million passengers travelled with the airline over the period, up 23.5 percent on the same period in 2009.
“The buoyancy in the Indian domestic travel market has been fuelled by a healthy GDP growth and increased business confidence,” Jet Airways said in a statement.
“This along with the ensuing peak season in the third quarter will help airlines to improve yields from here on. The industry is operating at a seat factor in the high 70s, reflecting the growing demand in the market.”
Jet has outlined plans to expand its international operations and start a direct daily service between New Delhi and Milan and Mumbai/Delhi to Colombo by the end of the year.
Also in Asia today, World Mobi launched its new city guide to Mumbai.
World Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the World Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Mumbai.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, transport, and weather.
City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.