Full-service carrier Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) with the former holding a majority stake of 51 percent in the airline, is increasing its weekly flight operations by 26 percent from March 27, 2016.
In a statement on Wednesday the airline said it would offer “almost 400 weekly flights to 15 destinations in India”, up from 317 weekly flights and 12 destinations it services at present.
The airline’s current destinations are Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Goa, Guwahati, Bagdogra, Bhubaneswar, and Varanasi. From April onwards, the airline will fly to Srinagar, Jammu and Kochi.
And, with the induction of four new Airbus 320 aircraft during the course of this year, Vistara has plans to increase its weekly flight frequency by 85 percent by the end of October.
“We plan to double our domestic capacity this year by offering more flights, destinations and increased frequencies,” said Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara.
Yeoh said the addition of Jammu, Srinagar and Kochi to the airline’s route network coupled with the introduction of same-day return flights on the Delhi–Bengaluru route represent the first phase of the airline’s growth plans for the upcoming summer travel season.
As part of its growth initiatives, last week, the airline revamped its in-flight food and beverage menu and will soon inaugurate a signature lounge at the boarding gate level at the Delhi International Airport. It also plans to introduce wireless streaming of audio-video content to smartphones, iPads and other devices to passengers on board.