Vistara inaugurates flights to Dubai

Vistara, Dubai, flight, ticket rate, maiden flights

Dubai - Return fares offered at introductory price of approximately Dh912.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 11:30 AM

Last updated: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 8:57 PM

India's full-service carrier Vistara Airlines has inaugurated its daily service between Mumbai and Dubai, making the city the airlines' second international destination in its network.
The maiden flight departed from Mumbai on Wednesday, August 21 to land in Dubai at approximately 6pm, announced chief executive officer Leslie Thng at a press meet in Dubai on Thursday, August 22. The return fares are being offered at an introductory price of approximately Dh912 (Rs17,820).

Speaking to Khaleej Times at the sidelines of the press meet Thng said the airline will now operate daily flights from Mumbai to Dubai. "The daily flights from Mumbai will depart at 4.25pm to land in Dubai at 6.15 pm. The return flights from Dubai will depart at 7.15 pm to arrive in Mumbai at 12.15am the next day," he explained.

Commenting on whether Vistara's entry into the market would provide relief to the extremely high pricing from the GCC sectors to India during peak season, Thng said, "that would depend entirely on demand and supply in the market." He said the airline had presently no plans of extending the introductory offer to later months. 
The CEO added the airline is also studying feasibility ahead of a launch from other Indian cities. He said, "We're looking at expansion to other GCC cities and other Indian cities. The response on the maiden Mumbai flights has been fantastic. We were booked to capacity and upon return, we were up to 85 to 90 per cent up to capacity." He added, "Advance bookings on this sector have also been very strong."
Thng also said Vistara will be the only airline to offer a choice of premium economy class for travel between India and the UAE, in addition to business and economy class. The airline launched its international flights with daily flights to Singapore earlier this month and will begin flights to Bangkok, it's third international destination on August 27.

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