Friday, December 10, 2010

Air India Express increases frequency to Dubai, Mumbai

Air India Express has announced an increase in the frequency of its services to Dubai to seven flights a week and to Mumbai to two flights a week from Tiruchi. The increase in frequency of the services, under the winter schedule of the airline, will come into effect from December 10. With this, the total number of flights operated by the airline from the city will go up to 34 flights a week from the current 32.

The decision to increase the frequency of the services was attributed to the good patronage on both the routes. The recently introduced once-a-week Tiruchi-Mumbai service had become a hit with the flights operating with a 70 per cent load factor.

Significantly, the service on the route was introduced by the airline essentially to send the Boeing 737-800 aircraft for weekly engineering maintenance. The flight was sent to Thiruvananthapuram for some time before being sent to Mumbai.

However, travellers from the Tiruchi region and even from across the State started patronising the service. The competitive one-way fare of Rs.3,160 offered by the airline on the sector is cited as one of the main reasons. The fare is considered cheap when compared to those of flights to Mumbai from Madurai and Coimbatore, where most private airlines follow a dynamic fare system.

According to T.H.Radhakrishnan, Station Manager, Air India, the flights would now be operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The flights (IX 702) would depart from Tiruchi at 11.55 a.m. and reach Mumbai at 2.25 p.m. In the return direction, the flights (IX 207) would leave Mumbai at 8.25 p.m. and reach Tiruchi at 10.55 p.m.

The frequency of the Tiruchi-Dubai flights has been increased to seven from six flights a week. The flights (IX 611/IX611A) would depart from here at 11.40 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and at 12.55 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The following are the changes in flight timings under the winter schedule of the airline ex-Tiruchi: Flight IX 621 Tiruchi-Chennai, a daily service, would depart from here at 11.25 a.m. Flight IX 614 Tiruchi-Chennai would depart at 1.55 a.m. on Fridays and Sundays.

Flight IX 612 Dubai-Tiruchi would arrive here at 11.35 p.m. Flight IX 682 Tiruchi-Singapore, a daily service, would depart from here at 1.10 a.m. The Tiruchi-Singapore flight IX 621/684 (via Chennai) would leave at 11.25 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flight IX 622 Tiruchi-Kuala Lumpur, a daily service, would depart at 1.20 a.m. Flight IX 613 Tiruchi-Abu Dhabi would depart from here at 3.30 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. Flight IX 614 Abu Dhabi-Tiruchi would arrive here at 1 a.m. on Fridays and Sundays.


Ayya said...

They stopped the Thursday service between Mumbai to Trichy effective from 01-Feb-2011.

So again back to only on Tuesdays service to Mumbai

Rakesh said...

nice and informative blog. Thanks for share.
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