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Air India set to revive Ranchi-Kolkata services from Oct 30

Air India is set to re-launch its services on Kolkata-Ranchi-Kolkata sector from October 30. Under its ‘Connect India Mission’, the central government enterprise’s subsidiary Alliance Air would operate a 48- seater ATR-42 aircraft on this route five days a week.

Meanwhile, Air India Express, the fully-owned subsidiary of Air India, will connect Kolkata with Singapore from November 20. The flight IX-0921 will be operated with a 180-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays of every week.

The Kolkata-Dhaka flight is also in the list. This would be Air India’s second flight on the Kolkata-Dhaka-Kolkata sector. This will fulfill a long-standing demand for the National Carrier’s connectivity from Kolkata to South East Asia after a hiatus of over six years.

Earlier Air India had announced the cancellation of all the flight operation from Kaji Nazrul Islam Airport from June 17 of this year to which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her displeasure. Air India would also be operating an additional evening flight (AI 745/746) with enhanced capacity by deploying an Airbus-319 aircraft with 144 seats, simply to meet the growing rush in Kolkata-Agartala-Kolkata route.

Recognising the long-standing demand for enhanced capacity with direct flights to key North-eastern states, Air India has enhanced capacity and frequency of flights on the Kolkata-Imphal–Kolkata, Kolkata-Aizwal-Kolkata, Kolkata-Dibrugarh-Kolkata and Kolkata-Dimapur-Kolkata sectors. Now Air India would operate direct flights with enhanced capacity between these destinations instead of combined flights.

Recognising the long-standing demand for enhanced capacity with direct flights to key North-eastern states, Air India has enhanced capacity and frequency of flights on the Kolkata-Imphal–Kolkata, Kolkata-Aizwal-Kolkata, Kolkata-Dibrugarh-Kolkata and Kolkata-Dimapur-Kolkata sectors. Now Air India would operate direct flights with enhanced capacity between these destinations instead of combined flights.

Instead of the earlier combined sectors, Air India will now operate on the Kolkata-Aizwal-Kolkata sector point to point for five days a week and between  Kolkata-Imphal-Kolkata for four days a week. Besides, the combined sector Kolkata–Aizwal-Imphal-Kolkata operation will be flown twice a week. The carrier will also operate a direct flight on the Kolkata-Dibrugarh-Kolkata for five days a week and on the Kolkata-Dimapur-Kolkata for six days a week.
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