Tuesday, November 10, 2020

SpiceJet to launch direct flight between Patna and Pune today

Patna: Budget-carrier SpiceJet is all set to launch direct flight services between Patna and Pune from November 10 under the winter schedule of Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport.

The flight will operate twice a week – on Tuesdays and Fridays. A SpiceJet official said the Pune-Patna-Pune flight (SG-757/756) would land here at 1.30pm and depart for Pune at 2.05pm. The Boeing 737-700 aircraft, which has the capacity to accommodate 149 passengers, will cover the distance between Patna and Pune in two hours and 15 minutes.

According to an airline executive, many people from the state living in Pune have already booked tickets in view of Diwali and Chhath festivals. “The direct SpiceJet flight between Pune and Patna, introduced in 2018, had been withdrawn due to unforeseen circumstances,” the executive said, adding one can fly to Pune in a SpiceJet flight by shelling out just Rs 5,542.

Meanwhile, two more special flights – a Vistara flight to Bengaluru and a GoAir flight to Delhi – will be operated from Patna airport to cope with rush of passengers during festivals.

The airport’s deputy general manager (air traffic management), Santosh Kumar, said the special flights would be operational for short duration.

With the addition of new flights, the number of flights operating from Patna airport will increase to 47 from 44. IndiGo will operate 17 flights, SpiceJet 15, GoAir eight, Vistara four and Air India three.

10/11/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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