Thursday, August 31, 2017

Direct flights to Singapore, Dubai from Vijaywada on cards; Silk Air, Emirates keen on operations

Vijayawada: If all goes well, denizens of the city can directly fly to international destinations like Singapore and Dubai without having to go to other cities like Hyderabad for a connecting flight.
Two airlines - Silk Air and Emirates are considering introduction of direct flight services from the city to Singapore and Dubai respectively. Until now, high flyers from the city are going to places like Hyderabad to take flights to these destinations. Silk Air has already conducted a preliminary survey to find out the potential in the city and held several rounds of talks with local travel agents. Emirates, the Gulf's popular airline, is said to be in talks at the Union government level on bilateral seat quota to introduce a direct flight to Dubai from Vijayawada city.
Notably, an international terminal is getting ready at Vijayawada airport to handle international flights and passengers.
Customs and immigration centres are being set up for the convenience of international passengers at Vijayawada airport.
Though Vijayawada airport was accorded internatioand other destinations in Europe, another service to Dubai that connects the US and other Western countries. The international terminal should be ready by October and from then we can allot slots," Vijayawada airport director, GMS Rao told TOI.
Emirates is also said to be keen on introducing a direct flight from Vijayawada to Dubai subject to clearance by Ministry of Civil Aviation, since, bilateral seat quota has exhausted. The additional quota is required for Emirates to introduce its flight.Air India already operates a flight to Dubai via Hyderabad thrice in a week from Vizag. The Air India's Dubai flight has an occupancy of around 70 per cent. Passengers from Vijayawada to Dubai include people who go for work and on business and pleasure trips.
31/08/17 Times of India