Thursday, July 11, 2019

Travel to Chennai gets convenient with introduction of base flight

Coimbatore: After a gap of five months, a base flight has returned to the Coimbatore International Airport.
Earlier this month, Indigo Airlines decided to base one of its flights in Coimbatore, from where it will fly to Chennai in the morning and back from the metro the same night. It will be parked in the airport for nearly 12 hours.
Besides providing another morning flight option for many frequent fliers from the city, the base flight helps in creating job opportunities in mechanical and aeronautical sectors in the long term.
For a little over a week, Indigo Airlines has been operating a flight to Chennai that departs at 8.55am from Coimbatore and lands at 10.30am. They have also introduced a return flight which departs from Chennai at 8pm and lands in Coimbatore at 9.10pm.
An airport official said, “We will get to charge the airline a parking fee because parking for more than three hours is chargeable.”
“However, they are unlikely to benefit from the VAT concession because their flight leaves after 7am and returns well before 11pm, other criteria for the concession,” he said. “It may get tweaked later,” he added.
Despite the technicalities, Coimbatorians are delighted to get a new flight that departs in the morning and returns in the night at a comfortable hour.
Tanvi Shah, a home baker caterer, said, “With a departure at 8.55 am, it is adequate to leave from your home or hotel at around 7-7.15am. When you land at 9pm, we get to reach home by 10pm, making it easier for us to find affordable cabs. You get to reach just as business hour starts and return after finishing your workday.”
11/07/19 Pratiksha Ramkumar/Times of India

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