S. Ganesan

TIRUCHI: Kingfisher Airlines will introduce a daily service in the Bangalore-Tiruchi-Bangalore sector from January 10.

The airline will be the second private operator to introduce operations from Tiruchi after Air Deccan, which is already operating in the Chennai-Tiruchi-Chennai sector.

Kingfisher Airlines has been given the clearance by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for operating the service, airport sources told The Hindu on Wednesday.

The airlines will operate a 72-seater ATR72 aircraft on the sector. As per the schedule put up in the airlines web site, flight (IT2435) will depart from Bangalore at 1.30 p.m. and arrive Tiruchi at 2.25 p.m. on all weekdays except Sundays.

In the return direction, the flight (IT2436) will leave Tiruchi at 2.55 p.m. and reach Bangalore at 3.50 p.m.

On Sundays, flight IT 2435 will leave Bangalore at 10.30 a.m. and reach Tiruchi at 11.25 a.m.

In the return direction, flight (IT2436) will depart from Tiruchi at 11.55 a.m., and reach Bangalore at 12.50 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Airports Authority of India has put on hold the commissioning of the extended runway at the airport, pending glidepath calibration. The airport officials had earlier planned to commission the extended runway on January 1.

A trial calibration of the relocated Instrument Landing System (ILS) conducted a few months back identified certain obstructions. Airport sources said they were expecting the AAI special flight soon to carry out a fresh calibration.

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