Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Vistara to cut business class seats to fly more passengers

Mumbai: A year after starting its operations, the country’s youngest full-service carrier Vistara has been trying to increase capacity, expand networks and reduce the business class seats to attract more passengers. “We will also be offering more choices of destinations and improving the timings of our flights based on customer feedback. We are also gearing up to expand the footprint by 50% in 2016,” Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara told FE.
At present Vistara flies to 12 destinations including four metro cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad with nine Airbus A320 aircraft and operate 365 flights in a week. But the number of flights operating from important places like Bengaluru and Hyderabad are very less compared to its competitors.
Vistara does not operate on the Bangalore to Hyderabad route which are the two biggest information technology hubs of the country. It operates only two daily flights between Delhi and Hyderabad and only one direct flight between Delhi and Bangalore. In order to remain competitive the airline has reduced the ticket prices where it can be compared to low cost carriers like Indigo and SpiceJet.
23/02/16 Malyaban Ghosh/Financial Express

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