Vistara’s Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer Sanjiv Kapoor took part in a press conference at Chennai Airport to mark the airline’s inaugural service from Delhi on February 15. The full-service operator will initially serve this hotly-contested airport pair with daily flights, before increasing to double daily from 1 March. IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India and SpiceJet already serve the 1,757-kilometre sector.
- Vistara added Chennai (MAA) to its growing network, beginning daily services from Delhi (DEL) on 15 February. The Indian full-service carrier will initially serve the 1,757-kilometre airport pair with daily flights, before increasing frequencies to double daily from 1 March. Flights will be operated by A320s. Vistara faces direct competition from four incumbent carriers with IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India and SpiceJet offering a combined 163 flights on this sector during the week commencing 20 February. “Many of our customers had been waiting for us to bring ‘the new feeling of flying’ to Chennai, and we’re pleased to finally inaugurate our service to the city,” commented Sanjiv Kapoor, Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer, Vistara. “We may have been late in coming to Chennai, but our aggressive expansion plan from the city truly signals its importance to Vistara.” The airline says that in addition to the Delhi connection, it will fly daily services between Chennai and Port Blair from 1 March and will further expand its operations from the city from 25 March, with daily flights between Chennai and Kochi, plus a double-daily link between Chennai and Kolkata.