Air Deccan has announced the launch of its direct flights connecting Bangalore to Vijayawada from October 29.
An ATR aircraft will be deployed to serve this route and commercial operations and booking for flights are open.
One of the largest cities of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada is a prominent hub of automobile, garments, iron and hardware industries. The city is fast emerging as a prominent economic centre in south India, an official release said in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
"Air connectivity is a key infrastructure for the development of industry and commerce in cities such as Vijayawada," Capt GR Gopinath, Executive Chairman, Deccan Aviation said in the release.
It further stated that "presently the only travel options between the two cities is either by road or trains taking up more than 16 hours. With time being at a premium, our new sector will provide a viable travel option for SMEs and visitors alike".
"Air Deccan was the airlines to bring air connectivity to Vijayawada, and going forward we will continue to scale up our connectivity from the city," Gopinath said.
The flight would leave Bangalore at 1020 hrs and arrive at Vijayawada at 1200 hrs. It will depart from Vijayawada at 1220 hrs and would land at Bangalore at 1400 hrs (except Sundays), the release said.
The airline offers dynamic pricing on its entire seat inventory with fares beginning at Rs 500 (plus taxes and surcharge), it added.