Due to positive response and demand, Vistara would be operating more flights to Goa from Delhi and Mumbai said a senior official on Wednesday.
The airline also plans to operate two more weekly flights from Delhi-Goa and a weekly flight to the Mumbai-Goa route said the official.
Goa one of the popular tourist destinations in India sees a huge influx of tourists every winter period.
“Vistara is currently operating 9x weekly flights between Delhi and Goa, and 10x weekly flights between Mumbai and Goa,” said Chief Commercial Officer of Air Vistara, Vinod Kannan. He also continued “Considering the encouraging response on these sectors, we plan to increase it to 11x weekly flights between Delhi/Mumbai and Goa in the winter schedule starting 25 October 2020.”
The coastal state sees a huge influx of tourists coming from Britain and Russia during the winter months. Including new routes to Goa, Vistara also will add new flights to London. From August 28 onwards, Vistara had operated special flights on the Delhi-London route using the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
“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,” said Kannan.
From November 21 onwards, the airline would operate 5 flights a week on the Delhi-London route. Previously, for a week only 4 flights were operated on daily service.
“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,” said Kannan.
The airline ministry had also said that domestic travel is expected to reach the demand during the pre-covid level by the end of 2020.
India had resumed its domestic passenger flights from May 25 onwards after a gap of 2 months during the pandemic. Currently, airlines are allowed to operate a maximum of 60% of pre-covid flights.
Vinod Kannan speaking about this mentioned, “According to our customer survey concluded in June, 65%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,”
Scheduled international flights have been suspended since March 23 and special flights with the countries which agreed to create a travel bubble with India were allowed in a phased manner. Vistara which operates its London flight under India-UK travel bubble and with the pact both the countries could operate special passenger flight between two countries with certain restrictions.