IndiGo airline will launch services from Tiruchi with Tirupati from January 18. On four days a week -- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays -- the budget carrier IndiGo will fly an ATR aircraft with 72 seats on the Tiruchi-Tirupati route.
According to the Hindu news publication, the slots are already authorised for the airline to commence the service.
At 5 pm, the flight will depart Tirupati and arrive in Tiruchi at 6.20 pm. The train will leave Tiruchi at 6.40 pm and arrive in Tirupati at 8 pm.
Tirupati will be the fifth domestic location with which Tiruchi would be connected. IndiGo plans to begin service between New Delhi and Tiruchi on January 10. There are now direct flights from Tiruchi to Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.
According to S.A. Mubashir, Vice President of the Trichy Tourism Federation, the new service will assist the devotees travelling from Tiruchi and other delta areas headed for Tirupati and attract visitors to Srirangam temple from there.
According to data released by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the new routes to New Delhi and Tirupati will improve domestic passenger movement from Tiruchi airport, which handled over 85,000 passengers from April to November 2021.
IndiGo limits flights connecting West Bengal to Delhi and Mumbai
Meanwhile, in another development, IndiGo airlines have announced that the flights between Kolkata, Durgapur, and Bagdogra and Delhi and Mumbai will be limited to Mondays and Fridays.
The news comes a day post the West Bengal government's declaration that domestic passenger flights between the state and Delhi and Mumbai would be limited to only twice weekly. West Bengal government has also announced a slew of new COVID-19 restrictions in response to mounting coronavirus cases in the state.
“We are limiting the operation of flights to Kolkata, Durgapur, and Bagdogra from Delhi and Mumbai to only Monday and Friday, following West Bengal government restrictions,” a statement from IndiGo said.
Due to the limited capacity, airfares on the routes may experience an inflationary effect. IndiGo stated that the remaining flights on the six routes would be cancelled for the next three months and that impacted customers will be able to get a refund or choose alternate flights.