Friday, October 23, 2020

Cochin International Airport Limited announces winter schedule with more domestic flights

Kochi: With the Central government’s endorsement given to airlines and airport operators to operate 60 percent domestic services becoming effective, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) announced the Winter Schedule which will start on 25 October. As per the schedule, which will be effective till 27 March 2021, CIAL is gearing up to facilitate 460 weekly domestic operations, 230 each arrivals and departures.

There is a decrease of 282 flights in the domestic sector compared to the Winter schedule in 2019. There were 742 domestic operations in 2019 compared to 460 this year. Airlines have started booking for the new flights through respective websites and ticketing portals.

While there will be more domestic flights compared to the last few months due to the relaxation in pandemic restrictions, the international sector will continue operations based on the International Air Bubble agreement between India and respective countries by adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines of both countries. Air Bubble agreements are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the domestic sector, cities like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Mysore, and Kolkata will be served with direct flights to and from Kochi. There will be stopover operations from Jaipur and Guwahati to and from Kochi. Indigo operates maximum number of flights in the domestic sector with 114 departures followed by Spicejet (39) and Air Asia (32)

As per the new schedule, there will be nine flights to Delhi and five flights to Mumbai daily. To Bangalore and Chennai, there will be eight and four services respectively every day. Indigo will operate a Kochi-Kannur flight at 6.25pm on all Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

23/10/20 Anantha Narayanan K/Times of India

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