BUSINESS

Air Sahara to operate goodwill flight to Colombo

NEW DELHI NOV. 13. Pending final clearance from the Government for regular international flights to Sri Lanka by private domestic carriers, Air Sahara today announced that it would operate a `special goodwill flight' to Colombo.

Addressing a hurriedly convened press conference here, Air Sahara CEO, Uttam Kumaar Bose, said the carrier had received `warm response' from the Sri Lankan Tourism Board and tomorrow's non-revenue goodwill flight was a token gesture to convey that Sri Lanka held an important place in the plans of the airline. He said the airline planned to operate direct flights to Colombo from Chennai and Mumbai after getting the Government permission and offer connections from other metros and circuits.

Mr. Bose said Air Sahara was ready to provide daily connections from Colombo to Kolkata, Hyderabad, Goa and all its Buddhist touch points like Sarnath, Bodhgaya and Kushinagar.

Jet Airways' new scheme

"We have taken several weeks of thorough preparation for undertaking international flights first to Colombo and then to other destinations. The most important thing is to fly on time and at the time when we are allowed to fly," the Jet Airways Chief Operating Officer, Peter Luethi, told reporters here today.

Mr. Luethi also announced the Jet Airways planned to introduce 21-days Apex fare scheme of advance purchase of tickets. With this plan, the airlines will have Apex fares for 15, 21 and 30 days advance purchase of tickets.

On the fare structure, he said there has been `rethinking' in the airline to find out what it took to lure train passengers to air travel.