Leading low cost carrier IndiGo Airlines, has said it will launch flights from Patna to Bangalore and Mumbai from 4 July 2009. It will also launch daily, round trip flights from Lucknow to Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Kolkata and Bangalore from 5 July 2009.
The new services will connect Patna with the Indian cities of Mumbai and Bangalore as well as Kolkata, Lucknow and Delhi, according to IndiGo Airlines.
The Bangalore-Patna flight will operate via Kolkata, and the Mumbai-Patna service will go via Lucknow and Delhi.
The Patna-Bangalore flight will take off from Patna at 6.20 pm and, after a stopover in Kolkata, will land in Bangalore at 10.35 p.m. On the return leg, the Bangalore-Patna flight will depart from Bangalore at 6.50 a.m. and arrive at Patna at 11.05 a.m., after a stopover in Kolkata.
The Patna-Mumbai service will leave Patna at 11.35 a.m. and, after stopovers at Lucknow and Delhi, will land at Mumbai at 4.50 p.m. In the return direction, the Mumbai-Patna flight will take off from Mumbai at 12.20 p.m. and reach Patna, via Delhi and Lucknow, at 5.50 p.m.
IndiGo also plans more flights from Patna and two such flights could be launched in August 2009. Very likely these would be non-stop flights to Delhi and Mumbai.
The new daily round trip services will be operated between Lucknow and Bangalore (via Patna and Kolkata); between Lucknow and Mumbai (via New Delhi); between Lucknow and Kolkata (via Patna); between Lucknow and New Delhi; and between Lucknow and Patna.
The daily flights from Lucknow to Patna which, after a halt at Patna, will proceed to Kolkata.
The daily flight from Lucknow to Delhi will continue its journey to Mumbai after a stop in Delhi.
The flight form Lucknow to Delhi will leave Lucknow at 12.50 p.m; the flight from Patna will depart at 4.50 p.m; and the flight from Bangalore will be via Patna and Kolkata.
The total fare for the Lucknow-New Delhi service is Rs1,730; for Lucknow-Patna Rs1,730; for Lucknow-Bangalore Rs4,229; for Lucknow-Mumbai Rs2,230; and for Lucknow-Kolkata Rs1,980.
IndiGo Airlines at present operates services to 17 domestic destinations.
By September 2009, flight between Lucknow and Mumbai will be made direct and connectivity will be provided between Lucknow and cities such as Chennai and Hyderabad.
According to airline officials, over the next 60-90 days IndiGo would expand its network by operating 137 daily flights connecting 19 destinations. The carrier would add three Airbus A320 planes to the carrier's fleet by the end of 2009, taking total fleet strength to 24.