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Wednesday, 13 March, 2019, 11 : 00 AM [IST]

Government approves Tata's Vistara to fly on international routes

Tata-Singapore Airlines’ joint venture with Vistara to fly on international routes has been approved by the government before the election code of conduct had kicked in. The approval will make Vistara the fifth carrier from India to fly on international routes. 

“Vistara has been granted permission to operate on international routes, following suggestions from the Group of Ministers formed to look into the issue. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA) has conveyed the same to Vistara on March 8,” a senior official aware of the development told Business Standard. 

Following the approval, Vistara has sought permission to operate flights between Delhi and Colombo seven days a week. “Vistara has sought bilateral rights to Sri Lanka and slots from Delhi Airport for the same. They will operate the flight with Airbus A320 aircraft,” said an industry source.
Currently, Air India and Sri Lankan Airlines connect Delhi and Colombo via a non-stop Fight, while other Indian carriers like IndiGo, SpiceJet, and Jet Airways connect the city from south Indian cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. 

Leslie Thng, CEO, Vistara while saying the impact had been minimal said that due to the delay in approval, the airline was forced to deploy a plane earmarked for international routes is being used in the domestic market to increase frequency. The full-service carrier recently announced launch of 16 new daily flights, including to two new destinations Raipur and Dibrugarh, as part of its network expansion plans. After reaching the requisite 20 aircraft fleet size, Vistara applied to the MCA for an international permit in June and planned to start flights to Bangkok, Phuket, Colombo, and Male by the winter of 2018. Experts have called the delay a ‘policy logjam’. 

“When India’s third full-service carrier launched, it did so with its eye on the opportunities in the international market. More than three years later, Vistara remains a solely domestic carrier, thanks to Indian regulations,” aviation consultancy firm CAPA said.

(Source: Business Standard)
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