Durgapur News Desk, 18 March 2017: Boyed by the demand Zoom Air plans to increase the number of daily flights between and Delhi by the end of this month. The airline, which has been operating a single service everyday on the Delhi-Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi sector since February 15, now plans to connect Durgapur with Delhi twice a day.
Though this allows passengers from Durgapur to fly directly to Delhi, they have to return via Kolkata the following day. Apart from the daily to-and-fro between the steel city and the Capital, the re-routing of flights will offer an additional daily service between Kolkata and Jorhat in Assam.
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One might remember that Air India had stopped its flight operation from Durgapur’s Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport on 17 June 2016 as barely seven or eight passengers would avail of the service from Kolkata to Andal. After that it is Zoom Air which started flight operations in the Delhi-Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi route.
Promoted by Zexus Air Services, Zoom Air is 12th operational domestic carrier of the nation.
According to a source, the high demand from passengers in Durgapur has led to the re-routing. “Since the launch of the service, at least 90% seats have been occupied in each flight,” an official said.
Zoom Air operates the Bombardier CRJ 200 aircraft with 50 seats. Around 30 Delhi-bound passengers currently get to board from Durgapur as the remaining seats are already booked from Kolkata. Such is the demand that the fare on the Durgapur-Delhi sector has at times shot up from Rs 3,000 to Rs 16,000.
Apart from senior executives working in public sector undertakings like Sail, the flight has been attracting traders, local businessmen and Punjab-bound pilgrims. Once another aircraft joins the fleet, Zoom Air intends to offer a connection from Durgapur to Amritsar via Delhi. The Kolkata-Jorhat daily link is also expected to become popular once the direct connections start.
Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), the Durgapur airport’s private promoter revealed that two major private aviation player, GoAir and IndiGo have also proposed to operate flights from KNIA,