Monday, December 25, 2017

IndiGo’s fleet expansion may boost Shirdi airport

Pune:  IndiGo's plan of adding 28 twin-engined planes to its fleet by the end of 2018 could benefit the nascent Shirdi airport.
The airline, by adding ATR (Aerei da Trasporto Regionale) aircraft, hopes to boost air connectivity between smaller towns and cities.
As per sources, the airline has held talks with Shirdi airport officials, expressing an interest in connecting the pilgrim town to more destinations.
"The talks have been informal in nature so far, but the airline is interested in planning some flights from the (Shirdi) airport. There will be more rounds of talks, but we hope that something positive does come out of this. It will give a boost to the airport," an official, who wished to remain anonymous, told TOI.
At the moment, Shirdi has flights to and from Hyderabad and Mumbai through the Air India subsidiary Alliance Air.
IndiGo had started its regional ATR operations on December 21, with the first flight taking off from Hyderabad for Mangaluru. A statement released by IndiGo said that by December 2018, the airline, through 21 ATRs, will connecting 15 tier-II and tier-III cities, boosting regional air connectivity.
"Presently, the Shirdi airport has two flights, and we expect more airlines connecting more destinations. We expect a flight between Shirdi and Delhi by February, but we are waiting until things are more concrete," another official said, adding that they are satisfied with the way things are at the airport.
25/12/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India