MUMBAI - In a build-up to the forthcoming summer season, Jet Airways, India's full-service, premiere international airline, announced its plans to further strengthen its domestic network and provide guests with greater choice to connect between Metro cities and Tier-II towns. Towards this end, the airline will introduce direct flights between new city pairs and also increase frequencies on existing routes. The summer season will see Jet Airways bolstering its network to offer guests nearly 650 flights/ day.
In an industry first, and as part of its about to be launched Summer schedule, the carrier will launch new, direct services to Madurai and Bagdogra, from Mumbai - becoming the first airline to connect the country's financial capital with two well-known cities via non-stop flights. Similarly, the airline will also connect the Pink city of Jaipur with Chandigarh, Dehradun with Srinagar, and Bengaluru with Kozhikode with non-stop flights, aside from services linking Bengaluru with Lucknow, via New Delhi and, Mumbai with Srinagar, via Dehradun.
While Bagdogra is a major gateway for travelers to Eastern India, especially to scenic destinations in Darjeeling and Sikkim; Madurai - a major historical city, ranks among the most popular holy sites in the country, accounting for significant amount of pilgrimage / tourism related traffic.
Starting March 26, 2017, the new flights to Bagdogra and Madurai will depart from Mumbai at 1005 Hrs. and 1055 Hrs. respectively, reaching their destinations at 1300 Hrs. On their returns, the flights from both the cities will depart at 1335 Hrs., arriving in Mumbai at 1635 Hrs. and 1535 Hrs. respectively.
Similarly, the flight between Jaipur and Chandigarh will depart Jaipur at 1400 Hrs., arriving in Chandigarh at 1530 Hrs. The returning flight, will depart Chandigarh at 1610 Hrs., to reach Jaipur at 1740 Hrs. On the Bengaluru - Kozhikode sector, the flight from Bengaluru will depart at 1315 Hrs., to reach Kozhikode at 1430 Hrs. On its return, the flight will leave Kozhikode at 1455 Hrs., to reach Bengaluru at 1605 Hrs.
Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways said, "Our planned network enhancements this summer will offer our guests much more by way of choice, connectivity and convenience. We look forward to welcoming all our guests to experience the joy of flying to brand new city pairs like Mumbai and Madurai."
With demand also surging across established sectors, Jet Airways will also add 12 additional frequencies on existing routes across its network. These include a seventh daily flight between Mumbai and Goa, as well as Delhi and Lucknow, aside from a fourth frequency between Chennai–Tiruchirappalli and a second frequency between Delhi and Bhopal*. The airline will also introduce two additional services on the New Delhi–Patna* route.
*subject to approval