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IndiGo to connect Tiruchi with Bengaluru, Kochi soon

IndiGo to connect Tiruchi with Bengaluru, Kochi soon

Non-metro Tiruchi city will have direct flight connectivity to two more major cities soon, much to the delight of travellers to domestic destinations who had been seeking such services for long.

IndiGo, the fast-growing low-cost carrier, has rolled out its plans to operate direct flight services in the Tiruchi-Bengaluru and Tiruchi - Kochi sectors from June 28.

The airline's decision to add two more sectors connecting Tiruchi has been announced in the wake of its getting into a state of readiness to launch four new flights in the Chennai- Tiruchi sector from June 1.

The carrier has also announced the timings of the new services in the Tiruchi - Bengaluru and Tiruchi - Kochi sectors operating with ‘ATR’ type of aircraft. The new flight to Bengaluru will leave Tiruchi at 8 a.m. and arrive there at 9.10 a.m. It will leave Bengaluru at 10.15 a.m. and reach Tiruchi at 11.25 a.m. The flight to Tiruchi from Kochi will leave at 6.30 a.m. and arrive here at 7.40 a.m. In the return direction, the flight will leave Tiruchi at 11.45 a.m. and reach Kochi at 12.50 p.m.

The airline's expansion plans connecting Tiruchi with Bengaluru and Kochi was disclosed by its Chief Commercial Officer Sanjay Kumar during a Travel Agent Meet held here on Wednesday, a release from the airline said.

“Just like Coimbatore, Madurai and Chennai - Tiruchi is also a key market for IndiGo in Tamil Nadu,” said Mr. Sanjay Kumar elaborating on the new route expansion in South India.

The fast-growing Tiruchi international airport with more international flight operations had flight connectivity only in the Chennai - Tiruchi - Chennai sector operated by Jet Airways until recently. A couple of months ago, Jet Airways launched services connecting Tiruchi with the country's capital, New Delhi, and financial capital Mumbai.

With IndiGo announcing its new plans to operate daily services to Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi from next month, the number of cities with which Tiruchi would be connected would rise to five.

Flight services in the Tiruchi-Bengaluru sector were operated a decade ago by Kingfisher Airlines and Simplyfly Deccan, part of the UB group's Kingfisher Airlines. However, both were withdrawn thereafter.

Stakeholders say that the announcement by IndiGo connecting Tiruchi with two more major cities would definitely give a huge push to domestic traffic movements from here. There is huge movement of tourists from here for leisure visit to Kerala, and pilgrimage traffic from Kerala to Velankanni via Tiruchi, says an office bearer of Tiruchi Travel Federation.

The introduction of new services will certainly help in boosting tourism and trade in the central region, said N. Ratnakumar, vice-president of Tiruchi Travel Federation.

According to Airports Authority of India statistics, the domestic travellers movements at Tiruchi international airport was a little over 1.37 lakh during the financial year 2017-18.

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