Saturday, March 20, 2021

Vistara Is Preparing For Regular Short-Haul International Flights

Despite the challenges of the past 12 months, Indian carrier Vistara has been growing steadily under the circumstances. Now, with the vaccination drive against coronavirus having picked up the pace, the airline is hoping to solidify its international schedules. Specifically, it plans to restart regular short-haul international services within the next three to six months.

Vistara has begun preparation for the resumption of its short-haul international services. At present, SME Times reports that it can only operate special ‘air bubble’ flights to foreign destinations. These require passengers to fulfill several prerequisite conditions.

However, with vaccination efforts accelerating, the carrier hopes to return to regular scheduled short-haul international operations in the coming months. However, this resumption will not be immediate, as Vinod Kannan, its Chief Commercial Officer, explained to IANS. He stated, as per SME Times’ report:

“It may take us at least three to six more months to resume short-haul international operations within the subcontinent based on bilateral government approvals, while long-haul air travel may take at least till the end of the year to resume.”

Despite commencing operations in January 2015, it took Vistara more than four years to fly beyond India’s borders. It eventually announced that Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) would be its first international destination in July 2019.

The service commenced the following month, using an ex-Jet Airways Boeing 737 aircraft. SME Times reports that, before the pandemic, Vistara’s regular scheduled short-haul international flights also served:

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Thailand.

Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), Sri Lanka.

Dubai International Airport (DXB), UAE.

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), Nepal.

20/03/21 Jake Hardiman/Simple Flying

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