India's domestic aviation industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. But with soaring demand comes cut-throat competition, and pressure to keep costs low.
Most Indian airlines, facing a turbulent time over the last few years, are making huge losses, and many airlines are struggling to stay in business. The latest example is the 25-year-old Jet Airways, which has temporarily suspended operations – and the jobs of 23,000 employees – saying it has no more money to fly its aircraft.
So what's going wrong?
We take a look into this lucrative but high stakes industry with a senior Jet Airways pilot and vice president of the National Aviators' Guild, a former joint secretary of India's civil aviation sector, and a young entrepreneur who is the CEO of a private jet service.
Will India manage to keep its aviation industry ticking? And is it the end of the road for full-service airlines?
Presenter: Devina Gupta
Contributors: Captain Asim Valiani, Vice President, National Aviators' Guild; Sanat Kaul, Former Joint Secretary, Civil Aviation; Kanika Tekriwal, CEO, JetSetGo