Friday, April 28, 2017

Come July, Surat will be buzzing with 13 direct domestic flights

Until few months ago, Surat airport had only two flights to Delhi. However, come July, the airport will be buzzing with around 13 direct domestic flights to important destinations like Hyderabad, Goa, Kolkata, Patna and Jaipur and one direct international flight to Dubai.
After the announcement of the direct flights from Surat to Goa, Hyderabad and Jaipur starting from June 1, SpiceJet will be launching direct flights to Patna and Kolkata from July 1.
At present, the Surat airport is connected with four direct flights between Surat and Delhi operated by SpiceJet and Air India (AI), Surat-Mumbai flight thrice in a week operated by AI and inter-state connectivity by Ventura Airlines from Surat to Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Amreli.
The Diamond City is inching closer to get an international airport. The internal modification of the terminal building is almost completed to separate the arrival and departure of the domestic and international passengers and creating space for customs and immigration facilities.
Official sources said that the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) is likely to provide the customs notified status to the Surat airport in a month or so, which means that the airport will be ready for limited international operations by June-end.
Air India Express, an Indian low-cost carrier headquartered in Kochi operated by Air India Charters Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of flagship carrier airline Air India (AI), is expected to launch direct flight from Surat to Dubai, three days a week, in July. The flight will arrive from Dubai in the afternoon on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and will depart from Surat in the evening.
28/04/17 The Times Of India