Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lack of infra takes flights from Chennai

Chennai: Chennai airport seems to be losing out on the regional boom as airlines are looking at Bengaluru and Hyderabad as hubs to position their flights to connect tier II and tier III cities.
IndiGo airlines has launched a large-scale expansion of regional routes but more than 30 flights of IndiGo connecting Rajahmundry and Tirupati to metros and tier II cities will be routed through Bengaluru, while only nine flights will be routed via Chennai hinting that infrastructure limitations are preventing airlines from routing flights via Chennai.
The flights will start in January.
IndiGo on Thursday announced expansion of its regional network by adding 63 new services to connect Tirupati and Rajahmundry on its existing network of Airbus 320s and ATRs.
The airline will connect Tirupati and Rajahmundry to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dubai, Muscat, Singapore and other cities via Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mangalore. Bookings have begun for the flights which will start on January 9 and January 16.
The flights that will be routed via Chennai are: Port Blair-Rajahmundry, Kolkata-Rajahmundry, Rajahmundry-Singapore, Rajahmundry-Muscat.
Some of the new routes include Chennai-Rajahmundry via Hyderabad, Rajahmundry-Chennai via Hyderabad, Chennai-Tirupati via Bengaluru, Tirupati-Chennai via Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram -Tirupati via Bengaluru, Kochi -Rajahmundry via Bengaluru and others.
27/10/17 Times of India