Vistara announces significant service expansion

first_imgVistara announced a 25% increase in flights at the start of the summer 2016 schedule, including the launch of services to Jammu, Srinagar, and Kochi (Cochin). Vistara’s rapidly expanding route network will now cover 15 cities as the airline increases its weekly flights from 317 to almost 400. With the induction of four new Airbus A320 aircraft during the course of the year, the airline will introduce additional new destinations and a further increase in frequency on its existing routes. By the end of October 2016, the total number of flights will have increased by 85% relative to the current schedule.Starting April 7, 2016, Vistara will offer direct daily return flights from Delhi to Srinagar and daily same-aircraft flights from Delhi to Jammu via Srinagar, April 9, 2016, onwards. The direct daily return flights from Mumbai to Kochi and daily same-aircraft flights from Delhi to Kochi via Mumbai will commence from April 14, 2016. The new summer schedule has 17 city pairs connected through direct (non-stop) flights; 16 additional city pairs connected through ‘via’ flights such as Mumbai to Varanasi, Lucknow, and Bhubaneshwar and Bengaluru to Guwahati; and over 40 additional single-stop travel options through connecting flights such as Srinagar to Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bhubaneshwar, and Lucknow to Pune and Hyderabad (all via Delhi).With a focus on enhancing its connectivity in key metros, Vistara will also be increasing the frequency of its existing Delhi-Bengaluru service, offering convenient same-day return options to customers in both cities.Speaking about the latest network expansion, Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara said, “With growing market presence and phenomenal customer uptake, we plan to double our domestic capacity this year by offering more flights, destinations, and increased frequencies to our growing loyal customer base. The addition of Jammu, Srinagar and Kochi to our route network, coupled with the introduction of convenient same-day return flights on the Delhi – Bengaluru route in both directions and several new via and connecting flight options, represent the first phase of our growth plan this summer as we ramp up utilisation and add new aircraft to our fleet. We believe that these will help us further broaden the appeal of Vistara to our business and leisure customers alike across our network.”last_img