Friday, August 21, 2020

IPL 2020: Vistara to fly all teams to UAE

Vistara is chartering all the teams flying to the UAE to take part in the Indian Premier League.

The airline, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, has already flown Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab.

The cricket tournament, which was moved from India owing to the COVID-19 disruption, is slated to begin from September 19.

"Vistara is doing one-way charter for all the teams. They are either flying to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, according to their schedule," a representative of the airline told Moneycontrol.
Sources in the industry said that SpiceJet and IndiGo were also vying for the deal. "They chose Vistara because the BCCI mandated business class for certain players and coaches," a senior executive from the industry said.

The league will have eight teams, and will last till November 8. Other teams are:  Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capital, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The teams will be taking off from Delhi or Mumbai airports. It is not yet confirmed if Vistara will also fly the teams back home, once the tournament is over. "The return flight will depend on each team, and how far they are able to progress in the tournament. Talks are still on," said an industry executive.
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