Friday, January 12, 2018

SpiceJet flight service to Bengaluru from February 15

Puducherry: The Puducherry airport is all set to become busier in the months ahead with the budget airliner, SpiceJet, announcing a flight service to Bengaluru from here from February 15 and other private airliners in the fray to launch commercial passenger flights to various southern cities.

The airline, which started service to Hyderabad in August last year under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme Udan (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagarik), will open the sector to Bengaluru four years after suspending its operations between the two cities. SpiceJet, as the sole operator, launched Puducherry-Bengaluru commercial flights in 2013, and suspended it in 2014.

According to sources, a 78-seater Bombardier, SG 3419, will take off from Bengaluru at 9.40 a.m. and land here at 10.30 a.m., starting commencement of daily flight service to another sector. The return flight, SG 3420, will take off from here at 10.50 a.m. and land in Bengaluru at 12.10 p.m.

Sources in the airline told The Hindu that the schedule had been planned in such a way as to give passengers onward connecting flights from Bengaluru to Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. “This time, we have done the scheduling after a lot of ground work,” said a SpiceJet staff at the Puducherry airport.

With Air Odhisa getting the approval from the Director-General of Civil Aviation for operating in the Chennai-Puducherry-Salem-Bengaluru sector, the airport is set to witness more services to more destinations. In recent months, there had been enquiries for operating cargo service from Puducherry to other parts, said an AAI official in Puducherry.

11/01/18 Rajesh B Nair/The Hindu