Vistara – the TATA – SIA joint venture announced the launch of Raipur – its 23rd destination in the country. The airline will fill the void left by Jet Airways and operate double daily flights from its hub New Delhi.
The first indications of the airline launching Raipur flights was published in local media and twitter.
And @airvistara announces new flts, making RPR as its newest destination.
2x daily DEL-RPR-DEL
UK797- Arr. in RPR 8:20am
UK798- Dep frm RPR 8:55am
UK793- Arr. in RPR 7:45pm
UK794- Dep frm RPR 8:20pm
Flts from 31.03.2019
Bookings yet to open.@aairprairport https://t.co/gZS0eVr8pR
— Harsh Agrawal (@agrawalharsh_93) January 12, 2019
Raipur is the capital of the central Indian state of Chattisgarh with a population of little over 10 lakhs. The airport is named as Swami Vivekananda Airport and is one of the top 30 airports in the country by traffic. The 7500 feet single runway is capable of handling narrow body aircraft. Raipur is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Nagpur,
The flights would operate Daily as per below timings
UK793 DEL0640 – 0820RPR
UK797 DEL1800 – 1950RPR
UK794 RPR0855 – 1055DEL
UK798 RPR2035 – 2220DEL
Vistara will fill in the void left by Jet Airways which pulled out of Raipur recently as part of its network re-structuring. Vistara will have to compete with market leader IndiGo which has over 75% of departures from Raipur and offers four daily flights to Delhi.
The airline is likely to make more announcements soon and Network Thoughts will have an update on twitter and web. Early this week, the airline doubled frequency between Delhi and Chandigarh to two flights per day. Vistara currently has 22 aircraft and is awaiting permissions to fly international. Last season, the airline was under utilizing its aircraft and the summer season starting 31st March 2019 will see the airline utilize all its aircraft with more seats on board.