Vistara plans overseas flights to tap rising global travel from India

Vistara plans overseas flights to tap rising global travel from India

The Tata-Singapore Air venture to start with short-haul international destinations.

Vistara, the Indian full-service carrier co-owned by Singapore Airlines, plans to start international flights later this year, seeking to capitalize on the rising demand for overseas travel from Asia’s third-largest economy. Vistara will initially operate flights to short-haul destinations using narrow body Airbus A320 jetliners, Chief Executive Officer Leslie Thng said in an interview. The service would be eventually expanded to cover medium-haul and long-haul routes, he said.

“Our plan is to start international operations in the second half of this year with our existing fleet of Airbus A320s and fly to destinations within the aircraft’s range,” he said.

Thng said Vistara is evaluating the type of widebody planes it will induct for the proposed medium-haul and long-haul flights. He declined to elaborate on the international operations strategy including the destinations. Vistara is run by TATA SIA Airlines, a company owned 51% by India’s Tata Sons, which controls the diversified Tata Group, and 49% by Singapore Airlines.

The three-year-old airline will join flag carrier Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, and SpiceJet who operate international flights. Analysts expect Vistara to tap into the global expertise of Singapore Airlines to compete with its established rivals on the overseas routes. International traffic to and from India has been rising steadily as an expanding economy and growing disposable incomes boost demand for business and leisure travel. Millions of expatriate Indians are also helping fill up more airplanes to and from the South Asian country.

International air traffic to and from India has jumped more than threefold since 2004-05 to about 55 million passengers in the fiscal year ended March 31, according to government data. Indian airlines carried 13% more international passengers in the last fiscal year to about 20.6 million passengers. The growth was faster than the previous year’s 7.9% rise and a 9.2% growth in 2014-15. Foreign carriers such as Lufthansa and Emirates, in comparison, carried about 34 million passengers last fiscal year, recording an 8% growth.

Freight traffic from India is also expanding. It rebounded 7.8% last fiscal year, up from a 2.7% increase in 2015-16, and 8.4% increase in 2014-15.

 

News Source: asia.nikkei.com

About author

TnH Global
TnH Global 4014 posts

Our platform is the most comprehensive, current and accurate content destination for tourism that also offers the opportunity to connect and network with quality buyers and sellers.

Name: TnH Global              Email: admin@tnhglobal.com

You might also like

Latest

Brew a cup of aromatic tea in Taiwan

Tea is an integral part of Taiwan’s history and culture and it is grown in every region, sold in every corner of the country. Since the 1600s, the custom of

Slider

Homeowners with multiple properties can now easily monetise them with the AxisRooms Vacation Rental Product

Homestay owners can now avail both property management & property maintenance services  AxisRooms, India’s leading travel distribution solutions provider for hotels and travel accommodations will now offer a unique combination of property

Diplomat's Corner

‘Immense potential of trade and tourism potential  between India and Turkey’

In an interview, H.E. Mr Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, the Ambassador of Turkey to India said that India and Turkey share a long history of close relations. Both countries have many

Slider

VITS Hotels signs joint venture with Exhicon Group in Thailand

The agreement will accelerate ‘VITS’ brand experience in Far East and Middle East, and the new entity will launch its first hotel in Phuket by January 2018 VITS Hotels has

Latest

‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat': Some reform boosters but no package for civil aviation

In her forth tranche of economic reforms under the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced some key reform measures for the civil aviation sector to boost

Destinations

IndiGo operator seeks nod to fly to key European cities from October

Interglobe Aviation, the operator of IndiGo has sought the aviation ministry’s permission to fly to key European cities starting October, in a move that could be seen as an alternative

Uncategorized

Attractive fares on Lufthansa Premium Economy from India to Europe and North America

Lufthansa offers premium economy class seats on select routes to Europe and North America starting from INR 85,800 The promotional fare is only valid on bookings made till March 15,

Latest

VFS global organizes an evening to remember – an annual diplomatic gathering

An evening to remember VFS global organized their annual diplomatic gathering, which saw the participation of around 350 members from the diplomatic fraternity comprising of embassy officials and guests from

Latest

ITC Announces the Launch of Super Premium Luxury Hotel ITC Royal Bengal

ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata is ITC Hotels’ tribute to Bengal’s rich heritage and warm hospitality ITC Ltd has inaugurated its new super-premium luxury hotel in Kolkata – the ITC Royal

Slider

The UN Conference on the Aviation Industry’ to be held in Korea

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has selected Korean Air as the host of next year’s annual general meeting. The annual general meeting (AGM) of the International Air Transport Association

Government

IndiGo and SpiceJet hike excess baggage fees for domestic flyers

Three days after the Delhi High Court set aside capping of fee for excess checked-in baggage on private airlines, two major airlines IndiGo and Spice Jet decided to hike their

Latest

Air India opposes changes to ownership norms

Existing norms mandate 2/3rd of members of an airline’s board must comprise Indian nationals State-owned Air India has opposed changes to guidelines of ownership and control that will make it

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!