Saturday, June 09, 2018

Vistara plans to go global, may soon fly from Delhi to Bangkok, Colombo

Vistara is likely to launch services from Delhi to Bangkok, Colombo, and Male (Maldives) in the winter schedule as a part of its maiden international foray.

Vistara, which began operations in January 2015, has 20 Airbus A320 planes at present. It is expected to receive its 21st and 22nd aircraft in July and September respectively. Government norms require airlines to have minimum 20 aircraft in service before getting eligible for overseas operations.

Sources said Vistara has sought slots from Delhi airport for its international services. While Delhi-Male could be a seasonal service, flights to Colombo and Bangkok would run round the year. The airline may also fly Kolkata-Bangkok.

“Bangkok is a year-round destination and Colombo has limited capacity from Delhi. Vistara can get additional traffic feed from its partner airlines all of whom who have presence in Delhi and can later hope to feed its own long-haul flights from India to Europe with traffic from the three destinations,” an aviation analyst remarked.
08/06/18 Aneesh Phadmis/Business Standard