Wednesday, August 23, 2017

More flights to Madurai, Coimbatore and Trichy as Alliance Air to launch daily flights on August 30

Chennai: Travellers will now have more options to fly from Chennai to Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Vijayawada as Air India's subsidiary Alliance Air will operate daily flights using ATR-72 aircraft from the end of this month.
Madurai and Vijayawada seems to be high-demand routes. Seats have been sold out for Alliance Air's Chennai-Vijayawada flight on August 30. On the Chennai-Madurai flight, only six seats are available for Rs 2,975 and the fare has touched Rs 10,000 on August 30 while the fare has increased from Rs 4,440 to Rs 11,000 for August 31.
The airline has introduced the flights to tap the potential for regional connectivity in the wake of government's Udan scheme and is aimed at garnering passenger share on tier 2 and tier 3 cities before new small carriers begin their flights under Udan scheme. Indigo and Spicejet are also introducing flights between small cities to beat competition from new regional carriers.
Chennai-Madurai, Chennai-Coimbatore and Chennai-Trichy are popular routes but the number of flights do not match the demand.Air India regional director captain S Arulmani said "Alliance Air will commence its operation first to Vijayawada on August 30 and the daily service 9I-559 will leave Chennai for Vijayawada at 10.55am and will return at 1.55pm. The same aircraft will fly to Madurai and will leave Chennai at 2.45pm and will return at 6pm. Later in the evening, it will operate to Coimbatore, leaving Chennai at 6.50pm and return at 10.05pm."
23/08/17 Times of India