Monday, February 25, 2019

IndiGo to start flight from Pune to the Maldives

Pune: Soon, Pune residents will be able to fly to a new international destination — Male in the Maldives.

A source said low-cost carrier IndiGo will be starting this flight by the end of March. The source added that it will not be a direct flight. It will halt at Bengaluru.

This will be Indigo’s first international flight from Pune. “The 10-hour flight is expected to start from March 25. While exact details aren’t known yet, it will be an early morning flight — with a 5am take-off,” a Pune airport official said.

“IndiGo had been looking to start an international connection from Pune for a long time. A flight to Dubai was almost finalized last year, but things fell through,” the official said.

At present, there are four direct flights to international destinations from Pune. These include two to Dubai (Air India and SpiceJet), one to Abu Dhabi (Jet Airways) and one to Singapore (Jet Airways).

Vistara, which has got three flights from Pune to Delhi has signed a code-share agreement with British Airways and Japan Airlines, giving Pune flyers more options. Similarly, the Jet Airways flight to Singapore has opened access to many countries in the east with its code-share agreements.
25/02/19 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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