Aviation

Alliance Air to have more flights to Madurai, Coimbatore and Trichy

CHENNAI: Travellers will now have more options to fly from Chennai to Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Vijayawada as Air India’s subsidiary Alliance Air will operate daily flights using ATR-72 aircraft from the end of this month, reports The Times of India.

The airline has introduced the flights to tap the potential for regional connectivity in the wake of government’s Udan scheme and is aimed at garnering passenger share on tier 2 and tier 3 cities before new small carriers begin their flights under Udan scheme. Indigo and Spicejet are also introducing flights between small cities to beat competition from new regional carriers.

Chennai-Madurai, Chennai-Coimbatore and Chennai-Trichy are popular routes but the number of flights do not match the demand.

Madurai and Vijayawada seems to be high-demand routes. Seats have been sold out for Alliance Air’s Chennai-Vijayawada flight on August 30.

On the Chennai-Madurai flight, only six seats are available for Rs 2,975 and the fare has touched Rs 10,000 on August 30 while the fare has increased from Rs 4,440 to Rs 11,000 for August 31.

Air India regional director captain S Arulmani said “Alliance Air will commence its operation first to Vijayawada on August 30 and the daily service 9I-559 will leave Chennai for Vijayawada at 10.55am and will return at 1.55pm. The same aircraft will fly to Madurai and will leave Chennai at 2.45pm and will return at 6pm. Later in the evening, it will operate to Coimbatore, leaving Chennai at 6.50pm and return at 10.05pm.”

He also said on the airline would commence its operations to Trichy with a daily flight on August 31and it will leave Chennai at 7.35am and will return at 10.20am. “All the services will be operated with a brand new aircraft ATR-72-600 with a capacity of 70 seats. We will look at increasing the frequency, based on the patronage.”

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