Vistara has announced that it will soon start flying to New Goa Manohar International Airport.
Starting 14th February 2023, Vistara will operate a daily flight from New Goa Manohar International Airport to Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and 6-weekly flights to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.
The flights will run with the following schedule:
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These flights will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A320neo aircraft in an all-Economy configuration.
With the recent launch of the Manohar International Airport in Goa, we are excited to announce additional flights from Mumbai and Bengaluru to the city of choice for tourists from India and around the globe. This is in line with our objective of offering better connectivity and convenience to our customers as they fly India’s most loved airline. We hope that customers will appreciate our award-winning product and services on these routes.said Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara.
Vistara will keep flying to Goa’s Dabolim airport, marking the first time that Vistara will be operating flights to and from two different airports serving the same city, just like all other airlines. The reason is that Goa is the first city or the first small geographical area to have two operational airports.
First FSC at North Goa
With this, Vistara will become the first full service carrier (FSC) to serve Goa’s new airport, which is located in the north of the city.
With an all-Economy offering, it seems that the airline does not want to offer its premium classes at Goa’s new airport, at least for now. Rather, it wants to compete with the low cost carriers which currently operate from the new airport, which are Akasa Air, IndiGo and GoFirst.
One interesting thing to note is that Vistara is diversifying its Goa operations just from Mumbai and Bengaluru and not from Delhi. Delhi is the largest hub of the airline but the airline has stayed away from expanding there for quite some time now. Instead, it is focusing on growth from Mumbai particularly, adding international flights to Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Muscat and now a new domestic “airport” (and not area or a city) in the form of New Goa Manohar International Airport.
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