Vistara to run multiple flights to Goa after rising demand

The aviation minister had also recently said that airline traffic and demand for domestic travel is expected to reach pre-Covid-19 levels by the end of 2020.

Vistara’s senior official on Wednesday said they will operate more flights to Goa from Delhi and Mumbai from Sunday after seeing a “positive response and demand” on these sectors. 

The official said the airline is planning to operate two more weekly flights on the Delhi-Goa route and one more weekly flight on the Mumbai-Goa route. 

Goa witnessed a  huge influx of tourists every winter season.

“Vistara is currently operating 9x weekly flights between Delhi and Goa, and 10x weekly flights between Mumbai and Goa,” Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer of Vistara aid. 

He added, “Considering the encouraging response in these sectors, we plan to increase it to 11x weekly flights between Delhi/Mumbai and Goa in the winter schedule starting 25 October 2020.”

Goa sees a huge number of foreign tourists which includes a considerable number from Russia and Britain, during the winter season. 

Vistara had started operating special flights on the Delhi-London route using its newly inducted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from August 28 onwards.

Kannan said, “The (Delhi-London) flights have also been re-timed, effective October 25, to enable convenient connections to and from several cities across India, including Goa.”

November 21 the airline will fly five flights a week on the Delhi-London route instead of four a week. They have also decided to begin daily service of flights from December 1.

Kannan informed that the increase in the frequency of flights to and from Goa as well as on the Delhi-London route is due to the positive response and rise of demand on these routes. 

“We do expect travel to further pick up, especially around the festive season in India, however, customers’ considerations will still largely depend on health and safety measures, and streamlining of quarantine requirements,” he said. 

Earlier, the aviation minister had also said that airline traffic and demand for domestic travel is expected to reach pre-Covid-19 levels by the end of 2020. 

Domestic passenger flights were resumed from May 25 after being non-operative for 2 months due to the covid pandemic. Currently, airlines have permission to operate a maximum of 60 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic flights. 

“According to our customer survey concluded in June, 65 per cent of the respondents expected to take their next Vistara flight before December. This gives us confidence as we continue to monitor passenger demand and scale up our operations in a calibrated manner,” Kannan said. 

Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23, however, special international passenger flights under air bubble arrangements kept operating between India and various other countries, including the UK.  

Under the India-UK air bubble pact, Vistara’s London flights are in operation. Under this special bubble pact, airlines of both countries can run special passenger flights following certain restrictions. 

Vistara’s senior official on Wednesday said they will operate more flights to Goa from Delhi and Mumbai from Sunday after seeing a “positive response and demand” on these sectors. 

The official said the airline is planning to operate two more weekly flights on the Delhi-Goa route and one more weekly flight on the Mumbai-Goa route. 

Goa witnessed a  huge influx of tourists every winter season.

“Vistara is currently operating 9x weekly flights between Delhi and Goa, and 10x weekly flights between Mumbai and Goa,” Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer of Vistara aid. 

He added, “Considering the encouraging response in these sectors, we plan to increase it to 11x weekly flights between Delhi/Mumbai and Goa in the winter schedule starting 25 October 2020.”

Goa sees a huge number of foreign tourists which includes a considerable number from Russia and Britain, during the winter season. 

Vistara had started operating special flights on the Delhi-London route using its newly inducted Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from August 28 onwards.

Kannan said, “The (Delhi-London) flights have also been re-timed, effective October 25, to enable convenient connections to and from several cities across India, including Goa.”

November 21 the airline will fly five flights a week on the Delhi-London route instead of four a week. They have also decided to begin daily service of flights from December 1.

Kannan informed that the increase in the frequency of flights to and from Goa as well as on the Delhi-London route is due to the positive response and rise of demand on these routes. 

“We do expect travel to further pick up, especially around the festive season in India, however, customers’ considerations will still largely depend on health and safety measures, and streamlining of quarantine requirements,” he said. 

Earlier, the aviation minister had also said that airline traffic and demand for domestic travel is expected to reach pre-Covid-19 levels by the end of 2020. 

Domestic passenger flights were resumed from May 25 after being non-operative for 2 months due to the covid pandemic. Currently, airlines have permission to operate a maximum of 60 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic flights. 

“According to our customer survey concluded in June, 65 per cent of the respondents expected to take their next Vistara flight before December. This gives us confidence as we continue to monitor passenger demand and scale up our operations in a calibrated manner,” Kannan said. 

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Scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23, however, special international passenger flights under air bubble arrangements kept operating between India and various other countries, including the UK.  

Under the India-UK air bubble pact, Vistara’s London flights are in operation. Under this special bubble pact, airlines of both countries can run special passenger flights following certain restrictions. 




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