Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Madurai to get direct flight to Kolkata from Oct 25; Bengaluru flight from Oct 12

Madurai: As people have started travelling to various parts of the country, Madurai airport has been witnessing an increase in the number of domestic flight operations to cater to their demand.

Madurai is going to get a direct flight from Kolkata starting October 25 as IndiGo airlines has started taking bookings. The flight with a touchdown in Bengaluru will be operated six days a week, sources from Madurai airport said.

The flight will depart Kolkata at 7.20 am, will reached Madurai airport at 12 pm. There will be a layover of 40 minutes at Bengaluru airport in between. While returning, the flight will depart Madurai airport at 12.30 pm and will reach Kolkata at 4.55 pm. The airbus 320 aircraft will be operated on all days except for Tuesday.

Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India is also going to start its operation of Bengaluru-Madurai-Coimbatore service from October 12. The flight will depart Bengaluru at 6.30 am to reach Madurai at 7.50 am. It will depart Madurai at 8.20 am to reach Coimbatore at 9.10 am. While returning, it will depart Coimbatore at 9.35 am to reach Bengaluru at 10.35 am. The ART aircraft will be operated four days in a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday), sources said.

While there were only nine domestic flights connecting Madurai airport last month, it has increased to 13 flights now that include four flights connecting Chennai, three connecting Bengaluru, three connecting New Delhi, two connecting Hyderabad and one connecting Mumbai. Once the two proposed flights start operation, it will increase to 15 flights. Officials said that there were 24 domestic flights connecting Madurai before the Covid-19 pandemic.

07/10/20 V Devanathan/Times of India

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