Wednesday, March 02, 2016

New Air India Mumbai-Bhopal flight to start on March 28

Bhopal: Air India will launch a new flight between Mumbai and Bhopal from March 23 this year. The national carrier will also launch special flights for Simhastha, the once in 12 year fair being held in Ujjain.
Talking to media here on Tuesday, CMD of Air India Ashwani Lohani said the Mumbai -Bhopal flight will start from Mumbai at 7.47 pm to reach Bhopal at 9.10 pm. It will go back to Mumbai at 9.30 pm to reach there at 10.55 pm.
Lohani said special Simhastha flight will operate from Mumabi and Delhi to Indore. They are likely to start from April 21 or 22. Simhastha will start from April 22 to last till May 21 this year.
" Simhastha flight schedule will be announced soon", Lohani said.
Lohani also said that he was also considering to connect Bhopal with Bangalore and Pune.
"There has been a huge demand to operate between Bhopal, Pune and Bangalore as a large number of students from Bhopal and Indore are studying in these two cities ", he said .
There is also a plan to start a flight from Bhopal or Indore to Dubai via Mumbai. He said some clearances are still required to be obtained.
Though Air India incurred huge losses of Rs 5800 crore in 2014-15, expansion of the airlines is taking place. He said that " consolidation and growth has to go together."
He said that 6 new Boeing -787 ,3 Boeing -777 and 29 air buses are being procured by the Air India as a part of its expansion plan to start by January 2017.
01/03/16 Desh Deep/Times of India
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