Sunday, October 04, 2020

Industrialists demand direct flights to Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Madurai

Coimbatore: October has seen Coimbatore enjoying partial connectivity to two more destinations Ahmedabad and Madurai.

While Alliance Air has introduced a flight from Madurai to Coimbatore four days a week, Indigo Airlines has introduced one from Ahmedabad to Chennai daily. On Friday, a chartered flight was also operated from Coimbatore to Kolkata, a route that has no direct flights.

Industrialists said these are signs that show demand for the routes and appealed to airlines to make the new services permanent and make them two-way.

Both the new flights are one-way flights where people from the destinations can land in Coimbatore. The flight from Ahmedabad leaves at 9.30am and lands in Coimbatore at 12pm.

But Coimbatorians who want to fly to those destinations have no direct flight. Flights to Ahmedabad have a stopover in Mumbai and Hyderabad taking at least five hours. Flights to Madurai have to be taken via Bengaluru or Chennai, making road or train options more viable.

Industrialists said direct flights to Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Madurai have been a long pending demand for the last five years. “Already, the Ahmedabad-Coimbatore flight has a good load factor of around 60%. It will only increase. We hope this becomes a permanent flight,” said J Sathish of J Engineering. “The operation of the charter flight to Kolkata is also evidence of the demand for this route.”

04/10/20 Times of India

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