Thursday, October 01, 2015

Vistara may fly to Kolkata, Chennai next fiscal

Bhubanesawr: Vistara, the joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, is aiming to add four to five destinations to its service in the next financial year.

“We will also increase frequency of our existing destinations. The choice of destinations would be based purely on route economics. While metros like Kolkata and Chennai are the natural choices, non-metros and tier-II cities also figure on our radar,” said Niyant Maru, chief financial officer.

Vistara was also keen to extend its services beyond Indian shores but was constrained by the 5/20 rule of the civil aviation ministry. According to this, only carriers with at least five years of domestic operations and a fleet strength of 20 are permitted.

Presently, Vistara has 293 frequencies across 11 destinations — Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Goa, Guwahati, Bagdogra and Bhubaneswar. Vistara has seven aircraft and aims to expand it to 20 by 2019.
01/10/15 Business Standard
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