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Jetstar launches flights to B'lore

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia on Monday launched its flights to Bangalore, its second destination in India.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 16:52 IST

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia on Monday launched its flights to Bangalore, its second destination in India.

Early today, the brand new Airbus A320 of Jetstar, which is majority Singapore-owned company with Qantas holding 49 per cent stake, touched down at Bangalore airport.

The airline will operate five flights a week between Bangalore and Singapore.

"Being the first value for money carrier between Southeast Asia and Bangalore, we are keen to tap into a combination of SME business travellers and the growing tourist trade that's coming from India to Singapore and onwards," Jetstar Asia's Acting CEO Neil Thompson told a newspersons here.

"We are also confident that we'll not only be able to take market-share, but also tap into the latent demand that exists in the market," he said.

Bangalore is the second Indian city that Jetstar is operating flights to. It started thrice-a-week flights between Kolkata and Singapore last year.

The airline looking to expand its operations in India, where it is scouting for joining forces with airlines on feeder market.

"We will consider working with anybody (airlines in India). We are talking to airlines in India," Thompson said, adding that Jetstar will be positioned as a value-for-money carrier.

Bird Travels will be responsible for the management of Jetstar Asia's sales and marketing operations in India.

Jetstar would also be using the departure control module of the Airline Inventory and Reservation Systems (AIRS) solution developed by Bird Information Systems Private Limited, for their Bangalore airport operations, it was stated.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 16:52 IST