In the third international flight from the city, Air India will launch its direct service to Bangkok from the first week of May at an introductory fare of Rs 15,000 for a return ticket.
The city is already connected to Dubai and Sharjah.
The Bangkok flight will be thrice a week.
Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani told HT, “Since Bangkok is much sought-after destination, we are starting our direct flight to Bangkok in first week of May. We expect a good response as not going to Delhi will save six hours for people wanting to go to Bangkok. The flight will take-off in late evening as the journey takes around 5.30 hours.”
Air India is also planning to start a direct flight to Singapore for which no month has been finalised.
With the completion of resurfacing of existing runway and increase night watch hours, which are likely to be completed by next year, the number of international flights could double.
The airport management is set to acquire 128 acres of land for constructing a parallel runway that will be operational during ‘zero-visibility’ fog conditions. The length of the CAT-III-B-compliant runway will be 3.3 km.
Now, there is only one runway which cannot be upgraded to CAT-IIIB facility.