Monday, October 23, 2017

‘Red eye’ flights make comeback on demand spike

Chennai: Red eye flights are back. Airlines have started to operate more flights post-9pm so that travellers can beat the peak hour city traffic as well as save on hotel charges. Pioneered by Air India, the late night flights have become popular, with low cost carriers operating them on the Chennai to Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata routes.
There is a plan to link these flights with ATR services from small towns so that people from here will also be able to fly toMumbai or Delhi in less than five hours There are five flights after 9pm to Mumbai. All these flights reach their destination by the middle of the night. Indigo Airlines, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Air India operate such flights. The services are beneficial to travellers as well as airlines. "The airlines will be able to fly their planes to another city at night so that they can start an early morning departure without incurring an expense while for people who travel on business, it enables same day return from a city," said an airline official.
Airlines also see an increase in the number of people who use red eye flights because they do not have to negotiate peak hour traffic reaching an airport and also while entering the city.
"There will not be much traffic at night in Chennai as travellers need to reach the airport only an hour before departure. They can also reach their home or hotel before dawn and take rest before heading for work in the day at Mumbai or Delhi." And two days advance booking fares are not very expensive, ranging from `6,000 to `8,000.
23/10/17 Times of India

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