Wednesday, June 17, 2009

IndiGo Airlines to operate from Patna soon

PATNA: Low-cost IndiGo Airlines on Tuesday formally announced its arrival in Patna. Its services would be launched from July 4, connecting Patna
with Mumbai and Bangalore
as well as Kolkata, Lucknow and Delhi.

While the Bangalore flight from Patna would go via Kolkata, that to Mumbai via Lucknow and Delhi.

The Patna-Bangalore flight will take off at 6.20 pm and, after hopping at Kolkata, would reach Bangalore at 10.35 pm. The Bangalore-Patna flight will leave Bangalore at 6.50 am to reach Patna at 11.05 am, after hopping at Kolkata.

The Patna-Mumbai flight would leave Patna at 11.35 am and, after hopping at Lucknow and Delhi, would reach Mumbai at 4.50 pm.

The Mumbai-Patna flight, on the other hand, would leave Mumbai at 12.20 pm and would reach Patna via Delhi and Lucknow at 5.50 pm.

"Patna has been on the airline's radar for quite some time and we expect good response for the services being offered to the city which has potential to add many more flights," IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh told mediapersons and added that apart from low cost, adherence to schedule would be added attraction for the fliers.

He said, keeping the city's potential in mind, the airlines has plans to launch more flights for Patna and two such flights are likely to be launched in August this year. "These would be non-stop flights to Delhi and Mumbai from Patna," Ghosh said.

IndiGo at present offers services for 17 destinations and introduction of new flights on July 4 would add two more -- Patna and Lucknow -- names in the destination list.

Ghosh said that the airlines would add three more Airbus-320 aircrafts by the end of this year taking its fleet strength to 24.

Incidentally, Airbus-320 operated on all the routes has the capacity to carry 180 passengers.