Eyeing growing traffic on the Pune-Goa sector, Air India has decided to launch a Pune-Goa-Pune service from 30 October.
AI 517 from Pune will take off at 12.15 pm and reach Goa at 1.05 pm. AI 518 from Goa will depart at 1.50 pm and arrive in Pune at 2.40 pm.
''The flight would operate six days a week, except on Saturdays. We will operate Airbus 320 with 20 business class and 125 economy seats,'' said AI's Pune manager, Dhairyashil Vandekar.
According to sources, the lowest fare that AI is likely to charge in this sector will be about Rs3,385.
Interestingly, AI used to operate flights in this sector four years ago but cancelled the service. It will now compete with a Kingfisher service on the same sector.
According to industry sources, AI stands to gain from the sector as the festival season is on and plenty of tourists from Pune look forward to travelling to Goa.