Monday, February 18, 2019

Andal receives second service as Air India launches Hyderabad operations

Kolkata: The Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal near Durgapur received its second service on Sunday as Air India, which was already running three flights a week to Delhi, started another thrice-aweek operation between Hyderabad and the industrial belt in Burdwan.

The inaugural flight touched down at Andal with 67 passengers around 12.55am on Sunday. The return flight took off around 2am with 107 passengers. The flight reached Hyderabad around 4.15am.

Sunday’s flight is the second service from the greenfield airport after Air India resumed services between Delhi and Durgapur in April last year. However, unlike the Delhi flight, the one to Hyderabad is a red-eye flight, arriving past midnight and taking off in the early hours of the day.

The flight is to be operated with the 144 all economy seater Airbus A319 aircraft that will fly between Hyderabad and Durgapur every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. While the timings are odd, airline officials opined low pricing and the timing itself would be attractive to passengers.

“Bookings for the next few days are also encouraging. Because of the late night journey, people can fly at night and save the day. This flight will allow passengers to catch connecting flights from Hyderabad to other states in south India at ease as they would reach Hyderabad as early as 4.30am. This timing will surely act as a catalyst for passengers to take this flight,” said Apurva Sharma, the airport director.
18/02/19 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India
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