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Jet Airways launches direct flight to Hyderabad six days a week

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Inaugural fare, pegged at Rs. 3,400, comes as a huge relief to travellers

—PHOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR.

Early Bird: Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry President M.Murali Krishna buying the first ticket to Hyderabad at the Jet Airways counter at Gannavaram Airport in Vijayawada on Sunday.

VIJAYAWADA: Jet Airways, in its summer schedule, launched a direct flight to Hyderabad from the city on Sunday offering an inaugural fare of Rs.3,400, fulfilling the need for a second service and competition. This service came as a huge relief to air travellers, who had been complaining of high tariff being charged by the existing airliner due to lack of competition. The airline will operate a 62-seater ATR 72-500 aircraft six days a week except on Tuesdays on this route. The mood was upbeat among industrialists and businessmen in the region as Kingfisher launched its flight on the Chennai-Rajahmundry-Vijayawada sector from Sunday. The Jet Airways counter was inaugurated at the Gannavaram airport at 1.30 p.m. in the presence of Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Muthavarapu Muralikrishna, Airport Controller V.G. Patil, and Jet Airways airport manager Vinay Trivedi. The Jet Airways officials said that flight 9W 2739 would depart Hyderabad at 1.30 p.m., reaching Vijayawada at 2.30 p.m. while on the return flight 9W 2740 would depart Vijayawada at 3 p.m. and arrive at Hyderabad at 4 p.m. At a press conference , Mr. Muralikrishna hoped that fares would come down in the future due to competition. The monopoly in flight operations had kept the fares very high making it unaffordable for the average traveller, he said, and hoped that this would trigger introduction of services to new destinations. Increased air connectivity to Vijayawada was essential for the city to witness development . The Airport Controller said that acquisition of land continued to be a problem for developing Gannavaram airport. There was good traffic potential from Vijayawada to other destinations and this could be tapped by improving facilities at the terminal in a phased manner, he added. The Kingfisher flight would operate seven days a week, departing Chennai at 1.30 p.m. and reaching Rajahmundry at 2.40 p.m. In the return direction it touches down at Vijayawada at 3.55 p.m. and departs at 4.25 p.m. reaching Chennai at 5.40 p.m. The fare from Vijayawada to Chennai would be Rs.3,250, said Mr. Muralikrishna.

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