More flights from Vijayawada


VIJAYAWADA(22/10/2011) : A long wait is coming to an end. The wish of traders from the commercial capital of the state, Vijayawada, to get connected with metros of the country is coming true, with several flight operators deciding to introduce new flights to Gannavaram airport.

Encouraged by the increased passenger flow from Gannavaram airport, Air India is launching a new service from Delhi, starting October 30. The 122-seater flight would touch the tarmac at the renovated airport in the next 10 days. "The schedule will be announced a day before the official launch," a senior official of the Airports Authority of India said. The flight would operate via Hyderabad.

The private airliner, Jet Airways, will introduce a direct flight from Mumbai to Gannavaram next month. Chamber of Commerce president M Muralikrishna said the private airlines have responded positively to their pleas to operate a flight to Mumbai. As per the initial schedule, the flight will arrive here at around 3.30 pm and leave for Hyderabad at 3.45 pm, from where it would reach Mumbai at 6.05 pm. In addition to the Mumbai flight, Jet Airways has also agreed to operate a flight between Vijayawada and Vizag.

The Gannavaram airport, which was in limbo till last year, will finally witness a rush of flights, including choppers, in the coming months. The airport, which had only one flight to Hyderabad a few months ago, has five flights a day taking off to various destinations. While Jet Airways is operating a flight to Hyderabad (2.30 pm), Kingfisher Airlines is operating two -- Hyderabad (1.30 pm) and Bangalore (12.30 pm). Spice Jet is operating two flights to Hyderabad -- one in the morning (8.30 am) and another in the evening (5.30 pm). "It is heartening to see that our city is getting connected with metros. This will help boost the trade here," said M Rajaiah, promoter of a top hotel group.

The IT Park in the city is likely to attract more companies in the wake of better air connectivity. located at the IT Park near the airport are redesigning their business plans, keeping in view the burgeoning flight traffic. The IT Park, which houses only four units at present, is also likely to attract more companies once more flights starts operating.
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