Because of rising demand, Vistara to function extra flights to London and Goa
Due to the positive response and demand, Vistara would operate more flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Goa on Wednesday, a senior official said on Wednesday.
The airline is also planning two more weekly flights from Delhi to Goa and one weekly flight to the Mumbai-Goa route, the official said.
One of the most popular travel destinations in India, Goa sees a huge influx of tourists every winter.
“Vistara currently offers 9 weekly flights between Delhi and Goa and 10 weekly flights between Mumbai and Goa,” said Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer of Air Vistara. He continued, “Given the encouraging response from these sectors, we plan to increase them to 11 weekly flights between Delhi / Mumbai and Goa in the winter timetable from October 25, 2020.”
The coastal state sees a huge influx of tourists from Great Britain and Russia during the winter months. With new routes to Goa, Vistara will also add new flights to London. From August 28, Vistara operated special flights on the Delhi-London route with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
“The Delhi-London flights have also been rescheduled effective October 25th to provide convenient connections to and from several cities across India, including Goa,” said Kannan.
As of November 21, the airline would operate 5 flights a week on the Delhi-London route. Previously, there were only 4 flights per day for a week.
“We anticipate that travel will continue to increase, especially during the Christmas season in India. However, customer considerations will continue to largely depend on health and safety measures and streamlining quarantine requirements,” said Kannan.
The Ministry of Airlines had also said domestic travel is expected to meet demand during pre-covid levels by the end of 2020.
India had resumed domestic passenger flights from May 25 after a two-month hiatus during the pandemic. Currently, airlines are allowed to operate a maximum of 60% of the pre-Covid flights.
Vinod Kannan said: “According to our customer survey, which was completed in June, 65% of respondents expect they will take their next Vistara flight before December. This gives us confidence as we continue to monitor passenger demand and scale our operations on a calibrated basis. “
Scheduled international flights have been suspended since March 23, and special flights with the countries that had agreed to create a travel bubble with India have been phased in. Vistara, which operates its London flight under the India-UK travel bubble, and the pact allows both countries to operate a special passenger flight between two countries with certain restrictions.
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