India’s full-service carrier Vistara has started direct flight between Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and Kerala’s Trivandrum International Airport. Vistara’s flight UK 897 departs from Delhi at 7 am and arrives at 10.20 am in Trivandrum. The return flight UK 898 departs from Trivandrum airport at 11 am and reaches Delhi at 2.20 pm. Vistara’s Delhi-Trivandrum flight will enable passengers to take connection flights via Delhi to various other destinations including Chandigarh, Amritsar, Varanasi, and Lucknow.
The inaugural flight from Delhi to Trivandrum was welcomed at the Trivandrum airport with a water cannon salute. Besides Trivandrum, Vistara also provides services to Kochi.
Vistara targets young entrepreneurs from Trivandrum
According to Vinod Kannan, Vistara’s Chief Strategy Officer, Trivandrum and Kochi are two fastest-growing cities in the state and hence, launching services to these destinations makes a strong business case for a full-service carrier like Vistara. He added that start-ups are booming in Trivandrum, and a large number of customers are young entrepreneurs.
Vistara plans to expand its fleet size by March 2020
Meanwhile, Vistara plans to add nine aircraft by March 2020. The airline will induct six A320 Neo aircraft by December 2019 and later will avail two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. It will also add one Airbus A320 Neo between January and March 2020. After new additions, the total fleet size of Vistara will become 42 by March 2020.
With the new aircraft addition, Vistara will grow its domestic and international network. It will launch both medium- and long-haul flights in 2020. The primary focus for market expansion will be South East Asia and West Asia.
Vistara is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines. The airline operates 1400 flights a week, connects 34 destinations and has flown more than 18 million customers.