Friday, April 06, 2012

Airlines yet to cash in on Kingfisher opportunity

PATNA: Even though Kingfisher (KF) Airlines withdrew all its flights to and fro Jaya Prakash Narayan International Airport here sometime back, other airlines have not increased the frequencies of their flights or introduced new flights. As a result, options available to flyers from the city as also the state have reduced and there is rush for seats in the existing flights. There is no indication yet when KF will be able to resume its flights.

Sudho Ghosh, security agent of Kingfisher Airlines, Patna, said, "There is no official word so far on when the flights will be resumed." However, he said, the entire staff were being paid their salaries by the company.

In a bid to cope with passenger rush, Jet Airways and IndiGo Airlines have made some changes in their summer schedule. The afternoon flight of Jet Airways for New Delhi was rescheduled at 2.50pm from 1.55pm in the last week of March.

As for IndiGo Airlines, its operation officer, Gunjan, said, "Our morning flight, G8342, for New Delhi has been resumed on April 4, which was suspended in November last year due to fog. The suspended Mumbai-bound flight was resumed earlier."

Meanwhile, the arrival of Air India's flight from New Delhi to Patna was delayed by 45 minutes on Friday afternoon. Flight number AI 407 could take off from New Delhi at 3.15 pm against the scheduled time of 2.30pm. It landed at the Patna airport at 4pm. The return flight departed at 4.45 pm.

AK Sinha, Air India's flight operation officer here, said, "We regret that passengers had to suffer due to some technical snag in the flight."

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