With the summer schedule of airlines coming into effect on Sunday,Ahmedabad will get more international and domestic connections at reduced fares. Some companies will offer prices on par with two-tier air-conditioned train fares on 30-day advanced bookings.
Air India,owned by the National Aviation Company of India Ltd,has standardised its arrivals and departures,offering daily connections from Chicago to Delhi,Mumbai,Ahmedabad,Bangalore,Kochi,Chennai and Hyderabad. Previously,the airline connected Ahmedabad,Bangalore,Kochi and Hyderabad four days a week. But with the streamlining of operations,Air India would offer daily connections to the seven major Indian cities.
The Delhi-Frankfurt-Chicago and Mumbai-Frankfurt-Newark (New Jersey) flights will start from March 29,when the summer schedule begins, said Lalit Kapur,Air India General Manager (Commercial),Northern Region.
The Delhi-Frankfurt-Chicago flight will depart from Delhi at 0110 hrs and reach Frankfurt at 0620 hrs local time. It will leave for Chicago at 0850 hrs and reach there at 1050 hrs local time,he said.
The return flight would take off from Chicago at 1600 hrs and reach Frankfurt at 0725 hrs. It would then leave at 0925 hrs and reach Delhi at 2105 hrs. The passengers coming from Hyderabad,Kolkata and Amritsar would board the Delhi-Chicago flight from Delhi but they would check-in at their originating airports,Kapur said,adding that those wanting to fly from Ahmedabad to Newark would check-in there but their flight would originate from Mumbai.
The airline is offering promotional return fares of Rs 24,000 (after addition of taxes and surcharge it would be Rs 46,000) on Delhi-Chicago route that will be valid till March 2010. The fare to Frankfurt would be Rs 33,900 (Rs 14,500 as basic fare plus Rs 18,000 as taxes and surcharge).
Low-cost carrier,SpiceJet,which has 115 daily flights currently,plans to add four flights by March 29 and another three to four flights by mid-April. From Sunday,SpiceJet will introduce Hyderabad-Ahmedabad,Hyderabad-Bangalore and Ahmedabad-Bangalore return flights and a new evening flight between Ahmedabad and Mumbai,SpiceJets chief commercial officer,Samyukth Sridharan,said in a release.
Another low-cost carrier,IndiGo,plans to add six new flights from March 29. These would include flights connecting Ahmedabad and Bangalore,Ahmedabad and New Delhi,Bangalore and New Delhi,and Bangalore and Kolkata.