New Delhi: Indications of Air India making a turnaround after appointment of its new CMD, Rohit Nandan was quite visible in the review report by the Civil Aviation Ministry.

The review report says the Air India has shown significant improvement in September and the flights also operated on time.

On September 20-21, all the flights of the national carrier operated as per schedule. The timely operation of flights has not only helped in increasing revenues, but also decreased losses of Air India.

Nandan has laid special emphasis on timely operations of flights to improve its performance for which regional executive directors have been made responsible.

As compared to corresponding month of the previous year, there has been an increase in revenue from passengers by 12.3 percent in August, thereby raising the total revenue from Rs 889 crore to Rs 998 crore.

The network Passenger Load Factor (PLF) also increased from 67.7 percent to 70.3 percent. The PLF rose significantly in the domestic sector reaching 73.1 percent from 64.3 percent.

The Integrated Operation and Control Centre at Delhi’s T-3 terminal are behind the timely operations of flights. Real time monitoring is also taking place.

A Hub Control Centre has also been established at the terminal and by June 2012, a computerized rostering system will be implemented which will further improve the timings.

According to the review, the airline managed to reduce its operational losses from Rs 507 crore in April 2011 to Rs 266 crore in August 2011. However, the price hike in fuel oil has increased its expenditure on fuel to Rs 650 crore.

Civil Aviation Minister Vyalar Ravi has asked the department to stress more on few areas of the national carrier, which include improving flight operations upto 93 percent, reevaluating the marketing and branding of the airways in the international markets and increase number of flights to Tier-II and III cities.

JPN/Bureau