Vistara Likely to Operate in Kolkata Next Fiscal

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Kolkata: Gurgaon based low-cost airliner, operated jointly by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, is aiming to expand its services and is likely to add Kolkata among its five new destinations in next fiscal year.

Metros like Kolkata and Chennai, hitherto uncovered by Vistara, are likely to figure in the new itinerary besides Tier-II cities, a top company official said here.

“We will be adding four to five new destinations in the next financial year besides raising frequency of our existing destinations. The choice of destinations would be based purely on route economics. While metros like Kolkata and Chennai are the natural choices, non-metros and Tier-II cities also figure on our radar”, said Niyant Maru, chief financial officer, Vistara.

Vistara was also keen to extend its services beyond Indian shores but was constrained by the 5/20 Rule of the civil aviation ministry. According to this rule, only carriers with at least five years of domestic operations and a fleet strength of 20 are permitted to fly to overseas destinations.

Presently, Vistara has 293 frequencies across 11 destinations- New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Goa, Guwahati, Bagdogra and Bhubaneswar. Varanasi would figure in its list of destinations from October 21 this year. Vistara has seven aircrafts in its fleet presently but aims to expand it to 20 by 2019.

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