Vistara Airlines will operate five flights from the city daily from October, state Finance minister Amit Mitra said in Nabanna on Friday. The destinations that will be covered from October are: Guwahati, Port Blair, Delhi and two flights to Bangalore. The airlines is already operating a flight from Bagdogra to Delhi via Kolkata.
Mitra said this was the result of Chief Minister’s visit to Singapore in 2015. He said this showed that businessmen had started showing their interest in West Bengal. “It is a very positive sign and in near future many more industrialists and businessmen will come to Bengal,” he said.
Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO of Vistara airlines had proposed to operate 49 flights from Kolkata in October. Now, the airlines has 11 carriers which will increase to 20 soon. He said there was 0 per cent tax on turbine fuel in Bagdogra and in Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport it was 15 per cent which was far less that the tax imposed on turbine fuel in other states. Two aircrafts will be kept as stand by.
Mitra said the airlines had started operating Bagdogra- Delhi flight via Kolkata slightly over three weeks ago and now they had decided to operate from Kolkata. “This is certainly a major achievement of the state government,” he said.