Sunday, January 19, 2020

Japan to UK: Vistara plans to double ports of call in 2020

New Delhi: With 5 years of operations under its belt, Tata Group-Singapore Airlines backed passenger carrier -- Vistara -- plans to double its international ports of call in 2020.

In an interaction with IANS, Vistara''s Chief Executive Leslie Thng said the airline plans to double the number of international destinations that it connects with India.

At present, the airline operates to Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok and Colombo and will commence services to Kathmandu.

However, long-haul flights will only start after the airline inducts the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The aircraft is expected to enter the airline''s service by February.

The airline plans to commence flights to Europe and northeast Asia which also depends upon the receipt of regulatory clearances.

When asked about the airline''s plans for destinations in China, Japan or South Korea, Thng said that these will depend upon the flying time and regulatory clearances, nonetheless, he did not deny the passenger carrier''s interest in these stations.

"We feel that an Indian carrier to destinations in Japan can provide quality service which will be sought after. There are potential destinations in northeast Asia," he told IANS.

Vistara had inaugurated international operations in August 2019 with Singapore as its first destination, followed by Dubai and Bangkok.

In addition, the airline plans to commence direct services to one of the airports near London.

From February, the airline will start services to Nepal by operating a daily flight between Delhi and Kathmandu.
19/01/20 IANS/Outlook

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