Full Service Carrier Vistara announced the launch of its 21st destination Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. The airline will operate double daily flights from its Delhi hub effective 29th October 2017.
The airline currently has a fleet of 13 A320ceo and 03 A320neo. The airline has 04 A320neo pending from its initial order and is expected to place an order for additional narrow body and wide body aircraft. It needs to be seen if the airline will opt for a dual narrow body fleet and order A321neos or stick to the A320neo.
Starting 10th October 2017, the airline is re-instating services on the Delhi – Varanasi – Delhi route which were suspended on 1st March this year.
Ranchi is the 46th most populous city in the country and the airport serves the catchment areas of Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Rourkela and the Asansol – Durgapur belt. TATA Group, the JV partner in Vistara has investments in this mineral rich belt and the airline could benefit from the presence of steel and automobile divisions presence in the catchment area of Ranchi.
The Birsa Munda airport at Ranchi has a single runway which is 8900 feet long and the upgraded terminal was inaugurated in 2013. Vistara will be the second full service carrier on the route with Air India being the incumbent. Rival Jet Airways does not operate to Ranchi. The city sees maximum presence of IndiGo which connects Ranchi to Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Patna with non-stop flights, followed by Go Air which operates non-stop flights to Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. AirAsia India, another TATA JV, is the other operator to Ranchi.
The flights between Delhi & Ranchi would depart at 0645 hours and 1755 hours daily while those between Ranchi & Delhi would depart at 0900 hours and 2015 hours daily. This will further strengthen the Delhi hub of the airline where the airline parks 13 of its 16 aircraft currently in operation. The airline parks 1 aircraft each at Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.