Domestic budget carrier GoAir has announced more than 100 additional flights from Mumbai to various Indian cities beginning from today (September 5).
The new routes include flights to and from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Leh and Jammu, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar and Varanasi, the airline said on September 4.
The new services, set to begin from September 5, include two daily Mumbai-Delhi flights; one flight each from Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Mumbai-Chennai, Mumbai-Nagpur, Mumbai-Jaipur, Mumbai-Patna, Mumbai-Ranchi and Mumbai-Varanasi; four flights from Mumbai to Lucknow.
There are also two new flights from Ahmedabad, Delhi, Patna and Srinagar to Mumbai; besides one daily flight between Delhi-Guwahati, Delhi-Hyderabad, Delhi-Leh and Jammu, Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Pune, and Delhi-Varanasi.
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GoAir will also operate one Guwahati-Delhi flight; and two Srinagar-Chandigarh flights; three Srinagar-Delhi flights; one flight each between Srinagar-Jammu, Srinagar-Chandigarh; Leh-Delhi; Jammu-Delhi and Jammu-Srinagar.
Four flights have also been added from Bengaluru-Kolkata; and one flight each from Bengaluru-Ahmedabad, Bengaluru-Chennai, Bengaluru-Lucknow, Bengaluru-Patna, Bengaluru-Pune and Bengaluru-Ranchi; besides two flights between Chennai-Hyderabad; and one flight each from Chennai-Bengaluru and Chennai-Mumbai.
The airline will also operate two flights from Ahmedabad-Hyderabad; and one flight each from Ahmedabad-Bengaluru, Ahmedabad-Delhi, Ahmedabad-Lucknow, Ahmedabad-Mumbai, Ahmedabad-Nagpur, and Ahmedabad-Varanasi.
Other routes are two flights each from Hyderabad-Chennai and Hyderabad-Kolkata; three flights from Hyderabad-Ahmedabad; and one flight each from Hyderabad-Delhi, Hyderabad-Patna and Hyderabad-Ranchi.
GoAir CEO Kaushik Khona told PTI that India’s aviation sector is “witnessing a gradual growth in demand” due to increased traffic, which he expects to further spike as states lift travel restrictions and ease lockdown norms.
"As the various states start withdrawing travel restrictions, demand will continue to grow and GoAir has always been responsive to market conditions and provided enhanced travel options to our guests,” Khona added.
GoAir has also stated that beginning from September 5 it will not cancel any services to “enhance customer experience, and if we do, we will ensure that the refunds are processed back and not move into the 'Protect Your PNR' scheme”.
The airline said it expects to reach 45 percent of pre-COVID-19 capacity by September 21, and 60 percent of pre-pandemic passenger capacity by October 15.
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