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Kolkata gets 2 new international flights, 2 go off air

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IndiGo on Friday launched a daily flight from Kolkata to a second city in Vietnam but two other international flights remained suspended, one of them being to Hong Kong, which has been is on the boil following anti-government protests. The other flight was to Singapore, where loads have been poor.

While the airline plans to reintroduce the Singapore flight in its winter schedule, it will launch a flight to Guangzhou in China on Sunday.

IndiGo on Friday started daily direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City. Earlier this month, it had launched flights to Hanoi. This is the first time that travellers from Kolkata have an option to fly direct to two cities in any country. IndiGo chief commercial officer William Boulter said the airline was excited to fly to Ho Chi Minh City that offers business as well as leisure travel opportunities. “The city offers a mix of ancient architecture, war history, blend of cultures and trade opportunities for everyone,” said Boulter.

The executive claimed its Hanoi service had received very encouraging response. However, that was not the case on the Kolkata-Singapore-Kolkata sector, where poor loads had led to the airline suspending its flights, sources said.

“We have not cancelled the flight. It is temporarily suspended due to operational reasons,” an airline official said, adding that the flight would return from October 27 once the winter schedule kicked in.

The Hong Kong flight though had no such hope of a revival any time in near future with passengers cancelling plans to travel there following anti-China protests. The fight introduced in August had got caught in the protests that started off in June on the issue of an extradition bill and had snowballed into an anti-government movement.

“IndiGo has suspended its Kolkata-Hong Kong services due to poor commercial results affected by the ongoing Hong Kong situation,” an airline spokesperson said.

This, however, did not stop IndiGo from flying to mainland China with a daily service between Kolkata and Guangzhou, a bustling port city northwest of Hong Kong on the Pearl. The airline also plans to connect Kolkata with Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province, famed for being the home of the great pandas.



Source: Times of India

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