Revenue Of Disinvestment-Bound Air India Grows 20 Per Cent In March-AprilAir India (Wikimedia Commons)

Revenue of the debt-ridden, disinvestment bound Air India has grown by 20 per cent in the March to April period of the year, Mint has reported.

According to the report, the carrier is now focusing on increasing flying hours of each of its aircraft to add more trips both in the domestic and international sectors.

“During March-April, the revenue has increased by about 20 per cent as compared to the same period last year at roughly about Rs3,000 crore, though expenses continue to remain high,” said Managing Director of Air India Pradeep Singh.

“We are focussing on improving on the operational efficiency. We are doing our route analysis and all, finding out which are the more yielding routes and we are focussing on those routes,” he was quoted by the PTI as saying.

The carrier, Singh said, is focusing on its international routes, which generate 70 per cent of Air India’s total revenue. New destinations added by the carrier, such as Tel Aviv, are giving good return. The increased frequency of flights on the San Francisco route to nine days a week is likely to generate Rs 90 crore a month.

In 2016-17, the carrier more than doubled its operating profit to Rs 298.03 crore. However, during the same period, it’s net loss widened to Rs 5,765 crore. While it had an operating profit of Rs 105 crore in 2015-16, the net loss stood at Rs3,836 crore. The government has invited bids to divest 76 per cent stake in the carrier.

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