Taking advantage of Indian govt's Limited open skies policy, Singapore Airlines will operate an additional flight to Bangalore every week, taking it to four per week. SQ launched its Banglaore operations in August using 777-200 and per the report flights are flying at 80 per cent occupancy. This additional flight will operated from December to Feb 2004 end.
Lufthansa is another carrier which is operating additional flights to Bangalore during the open skies period, while Malaysian Airlines's request for additional flights is pending approval.
Singapore Airlines to fly additional flight
BANGALORE: Starting December, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will operate an additional flight between Bangalore and Singapore, taking the number to four flights per week.
The flight, under the Indian limited open skies policy, will operate every Friday. ``The additional flight will operate till February-end on this sector,'' SIA director (Marketing) South Central India C K Loh told this website's newspaper.
Loh said though the airline had the schedules ready, it will be announced as soon as the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approves it. SIA already flies Bangalore-Singapore every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The Boeing 777 arrives at 10.40 pm and leaves at 11.55 pm. The service started on August 28.
``The additional flight will help boost traffic between the two cities and also provide easy connections to Hong Kong and the US West coast,'' Loh said.
SIA is also watching the proposed open skies pact between South-East Asian countries and India closely as there is good traffic between India and Singapore and onward. From the city, SIA flights are going at 80 per cent capacity.
The 777s are a single deck three class aircraft which has First, Raffles and Economy classes. Those flying on this sector would be delighted to know that Kris world. the widely advertised in-flight entertainment on select routes, is available here too, Loh said.
While SIA hopes to expand services, it is also looking at targetting more Indian passengers to fly their airline. ``Indians are always late planners and do not book their tickets in advance. Americans, in contrast, plan very early. So we have lot of Indians chasing for tickets at the last minute,'' he said.
The leading international airline is very happy with adding Bangalore to its list of growing destinations. SIA is also looking at the emerging tourist segment as more Indians from this part of the country are flying to the island nation for leisure.
With passenger aircraft landing here, the airline's cargo business has also improved. ``In addition to the freighters landing here twice a week, cargo is also being carried by the three passenger flights a week,'' Loh said.