Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Daily direct flights to Chennai from Wednesday

Ranchi: Ranchi-ites will now be able to directly fly to Chennai from the Birsa Munda Airport without having to halt at other destinations for changing flights, and thereby reach the Tamil Nadu capital in hardly two and a half hours, officials from the Ranchi airport said on Monday.

The first flight to Chennai, run by Indigo Airlines, will take off from the Ranchi airport on Wednesday at 8.45 am and land in the Tamil Nadu capital at 11.15 am, airport officials said. The Indigo flight will first ferry passengers from Chennai to Ranchi. It will take off from Chennai airport at 5.45am and land in Ranchi at 8.15am.

“There was a high demand for starting direct flights to Chennai from Ranchi. We have direct flights to Bangalore and Hyderabad, but passengers travelling to Chennai had to take hopping flights. We will finally start direct flight services to Chennai from November 18, and it will be a daily service,” said Deputy General Manager (Air Traffic Management) of Birsa Munda Airport, Wilfred Kerketta.

The timing for Chennai flights may change after January 15 next year once repair of the airstrip at the Ranchi airport is completed. Fight services will remain suspended from 10.15am to 5.30pm every day at the Birsa Munda Airport until January 15 for repairing of the airstrip, said Kerketta, adding that the repair work has started and no flights landed in Ranchi for seven hours on Monday. “All flights have been rescheduled in order to keep the airstrip free for repair works,” he said. 

So far, passengers travelling to Chennai from Ranchi had to take flights to Bangalore, Hyderabad or Kolkata and then take a connecting flight to Chennai. The lack of direct flights to Chennai not only made the journey lengthier by a couple of hours, but also made air tickets dearer, sources said.

17/11/20 Pioneer

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