Thursday, November 15, 2018

Air India plans for more flights from east

Air India is planning to introduce more flights from eastern India next year and is considering whether to start a direct flight from Calcutta to Europe, Pradeep Singh Kharola, chairman and managing director of the government-owned airline, said on Wednesday.

“We have nationwide and global plans and in the scheme of things, it all depends upon the augmentation of the fleet. Some aircraft will be introduced, for which orders were placed a couple of years back. We have five to join us by March,” Kharola said on the sidelines of a programme at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Kharola delivered the foundation day lecture at the B-school, which also hosted its distinguished alumnus award ceremony during the day.

The debt-ridden airline has taken the new planes — all Airbus A-320 Neo — on lease.

Is there any plan to start a direct flight from Calcutta to Europe? The Air India boss said the matter was under consideration.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had on several occasions requested Air India and private airlines to start a direct flight between Calcutta and Europe.
15/11/12 Telegraph