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After Singur flight, Tata takes return flight to Bengal

The Tatas — who exited from the Nano car project in Singur in October 2008 after grappling with a sustained anti-land acquisition movement for almost two years — are set to return to the state by the end of March. This time, however, they will touch base at Bagdogra airport.

kolkata Updated: Jan 30, 2015 12:48 IST
Saptarshi Banerjee

The Tatas — who exited from the Nano car project in Singur in October 2008 after grappling with a sustained anti-land acquisition movement for almost two years — are set to return to the state by the end of March. This time, however, they will touch base at Bagdogra airport.

The much-discussed TATA-SIA joint venture, Vistara, will be spreading its wings to Bengal with a Bagdogra-Delhi flight on March 29. It will be a daily flight, undertaken by a 148-seater aircraft that will offer full service facilities.

The flight will have three categories of passengers: business (16 seats), premium economy (36 seats) and economy (96 seats). The premium economy segment is a concept launched by Vistara and offers services that are midway between the economy and business classes. Vistara is only 20 days old. The airline began its journey with a Delhi-Mumbai flight on January 9. It now operates services between Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. It has already announced that two destinations — Goa and Hyderabad — will be added to its network on February 20 and March 1, respectively.

The airline wrote to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) a week ago seeking office and other spaces for itself at Bagdogra airport. “The office and space for Vistara have been finalized and it will take these over shortly. The daily flight to Bagdogra will possibly touchdown in the evening,” S Bhaduri, regional executive director of the AAI’s eastern region, told HT.

“We’ve plans to start flights to Bagdogra. But everything is finally subject to regulatory approval,” Rashmi Soni, spokesperson of TATA-SIA Airlines said.

Asked if Vistara is looking forward to landing at Kolkata too, the spokesperson said the airline had just got airborne and would expand its network only gradually.

At present, four airlines — Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo and SpiceJet — operate flights from Delhi to Bagdogra. Headquartered in Delhi, Vistara has plans to increase its fleet to 20 aircraft, including A320neos, by the end of the fifth year of its operation. The name Vistara is derived from the Sanskrit word, ‘Vistaar’, which means ‘limitless expanse’, and draws inspiration from the brand’s domain — ‘the limitless sky’.