Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Flights to smaller towns from Chennai pick up as airlines raise frequency

Chennai: The frequency of flights from Chennai to airports in smaller towns is increasing based on high demand from travellers.
Trujet has added one flight to Mysuru, taking the number of daily flights to three, and is set to add one more flight to Salem shortly. This has improved connectivity between the two cities, an official said.

Similarly, the number of flights handled from smaller airports under southern region of the Airports Authority of India has also gone up in the last one year signifying that flying activity among small towns is picking up in the south. The number of flights handled at Puducherry, Belgaum, Hubli, Kadapa and Mysuru have increased. Direct flights from Chennai to Hubbali, Kadapa and Mysuru are doing well and airlines are contemplating increasing the frequency of services.

A senior official from AAI said, “There is a lot of interest in flights to Salem. The Tamil Nadu government and chief minister Edapadi Palaniswamy have been pushing for another flight on the route so that passengers will be able to fly to Salem in the morning and return the same evening. After starting flights under regional connectivity scheme Udan, airlines are also operating non-Udan flights to ensure that some of the destinations can have same-day return flights.”

The official said that same-day return flights would improve passenger traffic and would help business travellers.

For instance, Puducherry airport has two flights a day, Belgaum airport has 15 to 20 flights per day, Hubli has 10 departures a day including one flight to Chennai, Kadapa airport has three departures daily including one to Chennai, Mysuru airport has two departures including one to Chennai.
However, flights to Vellore and Neyveli, which was part of phase 1 of Udan, have not started yet.

19/11/19 Times of India
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