Vistara has made Leh (IXL) its latest destination in India. On 25 March the full service carrier began twice-weekly flights (Saturdays and Sundays) on the 621-kilometre route from Delhi (DEL) using its A320s. Frequency will increase to daily from 10 May. The route is already flown by GoAir (twice-daily), Air India and Jet Airways (both daily). Situated at a height of 10,682 feet, Leh’s picturesque Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is one of the highest altitude airports in the world, and requires especially equipped aircraft with specially-trained crew to operate to and from it. Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO of Vistara, said: “Leh is on the bucket lists of millions of travellers from all over the world, who want to experience the unique culture of this region and its incredibly beautiful landscapes. We’re very excited to add this beautiful destination to our network, and provide connectivity to its residents. We are confident that this new route will further delight our customers, who will now be able to explore the breathtaking beauty of Ladakh while ‘flying the new feeling’ with Vistara. Furthermore, with convenient same-terminal connections between domestic and international flights at Delhi Airport’s T3, our new flights will open up Leh to more foreign visitors as well.” Vistara also launched a new daily service on 26 March between Kolkata (CCU) and Pune (PNQ). The 1,576-kilometre sector is already flown daily by IndiGo. This is the airline’s fifth route from Kolkata and second from Pune.
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