Air India to fly daily to Surat from Delhi
The decision to enhance connectivity was driven by growing air travel demand on the route, the Air India said. The flight that operated five days a week now -- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday -- will also operate on Thursday and Sunday, starting June 2, Air India said in a statement. Air India had in January this year reduced the frequency of its service to Surat following shortage of aircraft at its Delhi base. It will provide seamless connectivity between two business cities besides offering convenient connections to other international flights from/to Delhi, Air India said.
Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman thanked the civil aviation secretary for reintroducing additional flight services to the textile city from the national capital. “Thanking Secy, Cv Av (Civil Aviation) Shri Choubey. Has assured me: No disruption to the flights to Surat,” she tweeted on Monday.
According to Air India, the flight will depart on Thursday and Sunday from Delhi at 0525 hours and will arrive in Surat at 0745 hours. The return flight will leave Surat at 0825 hours and touchdown in Delhi at 1110 hours, it said.
India’s domestic air passenger traffic grows 21.8% in April
Domestic air passenger traffic growth out performed major aviation markets for the 13th consecutive month as the number of fliers grew 21.8 per cent in April as against a global average of 4.1 per cent during the months, according to IATA. “India’s domestic traffic soared 21.8 per cent, marking the 20th month of double-digit traffic growth and the 13th consecutive month it has led the domestic markets,” global airlines body International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday.