Vistara welcomed its first passengers to Port Blair Airport on 30 September. The full service carrier will operate a daily service to Delhi via Kolkata. The Kolkata route is already served daily by five other carriers.
- Vistara has become the second airline this week (after IndiGo) to launch service to Port Blair (IXZ) in India. The full service carrier began daily non-stop service from Kolkata (CCU) on 30 September and one-stop service from Delhi (DEL) via Kolkata. The 1,305-kilometre sector from Kolkata is already served daily by five other carriers; Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, JetKonnect and SpiceJet. Vistara now serves 18 destinations across India. According to the airline, Port Blair, with a population of 110,000, is a perfect fit for Vistara’s growing network for leisure and business travellers alike. Commenting on the launch of the new services, Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara, said: “We are delighted to add Port Blair to our fast-growing network with a daily direct flight from Delhi via Kolkata. The Andamans are a beautiful part of India with rich history and breath-taking natural beauty. We are pleased to offer both the visitors, and the wonderful residents of this region, the chance to experience ‘the new feeling’ of flying Vistara, an airline that is setting new standards of service excellence, when they travel to and from Port Blair.” Mr. Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer, Vistara, added: “Delivering on our brand promise to provide seamless, thoughtful and personalized services, we are pleased to introduce a variety of attractively priced packages in cooperation with top travel entities to offer our customers the most convenient travel in the Andamans. While Port Blair itself offers a lot to see and do, including the historic Cellular Jail and an excursion to the neighbouring Ross Island, we have also timed our flights to offer the most convenient connections to and from the most popular inter-island ferries such as to Havelock Island.” The new route was operated by the airline’s newest A320, the 12th in its growing fleet. According to Indian government statistics, Vistara has carried 2.4% of all Indian domestic air travellers (or about 1.52 million) in the first eight months of 2016.